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Shield-Tailed Scorpion

A very rare species which is almost not existing in the hobby because it’s very hard to keep in captivity.


I photographed a living one yesterday, this in combination with habitat images from Mark (, who collected this specimen in the wild for research purposes, allowed me to recreate the natural environment as close as possible in the studio.


1.0 (Sub) adult male Apistobuthus pterygocercus preserved in 75% Isopropyl. Location: Oman, exact location only on request.


Sony Alpha 7RII - Tamron 90mm Macro @1:3- 1x Godox AD200, Cognisys Stackshot. 5807x8711px, 36/15 images @1750µm - combination of two manual stacks in PSCC18. Took 7 hours. Setup

Specimen from


Inspired by the work of one of my favorite macro photographers André De Kesel:

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Taken on March 4, 2018