A new technique for examining the exomorphology of the scorpion epicuticle is described that utilizes the fluorescent property of scorpion cuticle. Fluorescence of the scorpion exoskeleton under longwave ultraviolet light is a well known property previously only utilized for the capture or observation of scorpions at night. Fluorescence is an energy emission that is analogous to the secondary electron emissions utilized in electron microscopy to provide information about surface detail. This new technique is fast, inexpensive and non-destructive, and provides an alternative means of documenting of surface macrosculpture for the description and identification of scorpion species.
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