New scorpion species found near city of Tucson in USA22/03/2013 17:50:34 6 new species found in Arizona since 2006
March 2013. A new species of scorpion, named Vaejovis brysoni, has been found in the Santa Catalina Mountains in southern Arizona. Another scorpion of the same group also inhabits this mountain range, making this the first documented case of two vorhiesi group species distributed on the same mountain.
These mountains overlook the city of Tucson, Arizona. Amazingly, in the 21st century, there are still new species to be discovered right here in the United States. What is even more surprising is that the new species was found within sight of a large metropolitan area.
Recently Dr. Rob Bryson Jr. discovered this new species while looking for a completely different animal. Many important discoveries are made this way by scientists who start out working on something completely different. He sent specimens to the authors, who determined that they were indeed a new scorpion species. At that point, the team was assembled and the rest is history.
6 new species found in Arizona since 2006
"This latest new scorpion is a prime example of the amazing diversity of life still to be discovered, right here in 21st century America" adds Richard F. Ayrey, one of the co-author of the original article.
The study was published in the open access, peer-reviewed journal Zookeys.