Thursday, 21 February 2013

Discovery of New Scorpion Species

A new species of scorpion has been discovered in the mountains just outside the city of Tucson, Arizona. The newfound creature is only about 1 inch (27 millimeters) long and sports a dapper brown color. It lives in the oak forests in the Santa Catalina Mountains, at an elevation of around 5,900 feet (1,800 meters).

It's the ninth new species of mountain scorpion discovered in Arizona in the past six years, more than doubling the number of known scorpion species in the area. It has been named Vaejovis brysoni, after the man who collected the first specimen, Robert Bryson, Jr., who was looking for a different animals.

Using ultraviolet flashlights, researchers found members of the new scorpion tribe at night alongside the Catalina Highway. Like other scorpions, this species often carries its pale-colored juveniles on its back. The arachnid can carry an average of 24 baby scorpions. It's unclear how venomous the creature may be.

"This latest new scorpion is a prime example of the amazing diversity of life still to be discovered, right here in 21st century America," said researcher Richard F. Ayrey.

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