Scorpions from the Chihuahuan Desert Region of Mexico and the United States
Scorpions from the Chihuahuan Desert Region of Mexico and the United States
Stay tuned for an update with the taxonomy section.
The Chihuahuan Desert is one of the least explored deserts in the world with great historical and biological riches.  It is the largest in North America but there are differences with what defines the boundaries which leads into biogeographical implications.  With the uncertanity of many issues, this website encourages further research in desert biology, entomology, arachnology, natural resource management, botany, biogeography, taxonomy, phylogenetics and toxicology.  This webpage is a faunistic survey and the scorpion species list provided is conservative [distribution] until further notice.   For a complete listing of vaejovid species with locality data and taxonomic history  in pdf then press the following:  Download (Catalog of the Scorpions of the World).  Courtesy of the REVSYS project at the website  The project (REVSYS) is sponsored by a National Science Foundation Grant to understand vaejovid systematics, respectively.   In 2005, I along with the team leaders of Dr. David Sissom, Dr. Oscar Francke, Kari McWest, joined up in Chihuahua City for a two week trip for this project collecting through Durango and Chihuahua.  PowerPoint presentation created by McWest -- Press.

There are legalities between countries and states with research/collecting permits (Article: 1 / 2).   Illegal collecting is forbidden and the consequences may be severe.  Please follow all laws, policies and procedures.  National Parks, Wildlife Management Areas and Preserves are included!  Contact your federal, state or country wildife service agency for further information.  Private property rights and endangered species are recent concerns so be advised in any field activities.  Resort to extreme caution or discretion when handling venomous or nonvenomous animals. 

Scorpions (Arachnida:  Scorpiones)  of medical importance inhabit parts of Mexico but the notorious
Centruroides suffusus (Pocock, 1902) is respectively titled "alacran de Durango".   Several other species of Centruroides in Mexico are also a public health issue due to rates of envenomation (Article: 3 / 4 / 5 ).  Antivenin online articles (Article: 6 ).  The Los Angeles Times webpage article regarding C. suffusus is discontinued but can found here-- CLICK.   A YouTube video on scorpions in Durango at the link provided --VIEW .

This site acknowledges:    [ 1.] The Biology of Scorpions.  Edited by Dr. G. A. Polis. [ 2.]
Catalog of the Scorpions of the World (1758-1998).  Dr. V. Fet,  [ 3.] Scorpion Biology and Research.  Dr.  P.  Brownell,  [ 4.] Scorpions 2001:  In Memoriam Gary A. Polis.  Editors:  Dr. V. Fet & Dr. P. A. Selden. [ 5.] Prendini,L. 2000:  Phylogeny and classification of the superfamily Scorpionoidea Latreilla 1802. Cladistics, 16: -78. [ 6.] Soleglad,M.E.  and V.Fet. 2003.  High-level systematics and phylogeny of scorpions (Scorpiones:  Othosterni).  Euscorpius,11,pp 1-175.  Prendini, L. & W.C. Wheeler. 2005.  Scorpion higher phylogeny, taxonomic anarchy, and standards for peer review online publishing.  Cladistics, 21:  441-494.
Please review the publications/referecnes link for journal articles and more!
This is a peer reviewed webpage by various biologists/arachnologists.  Thank you for your correspondence and amendations.  Many thanks to those webpage owners listed with the following institutions or services below for adding this site.  The information presented is not endorsed by any links, i.e., organizations, institutions or other, nor affiliated unless noted.  They are given as a friendly gesture for the viewer to explore.  This webpage is not responsible for any misinformation.  The intention is to provide accurate and updated material (taxonomy) but beware between what is stated via the internet and what is published in scientific journals or general books with antivenin and envenomation.

External links are welcomed if substantial to the query subject.

Duplication of this site on another domain name is forbidden.  All images are copyrighted from the original publisher.

Acknowledgements:  Dr. W. D. Sissom, Dr. R. Henson, Kari McWest, M.Sc., Joe Bigelow, M.Sc., Dr. S. A. Stockwell, Dr. J. A. Jackman, Jan Ove Rein, M.Sc., Dave Gaban, Mark Newton, B.Sc., Wayne Huske and Lora Powell.

05.VI.2000:  Arachnology Home Page:
scorpion section now in the Scorpion Files by Jan Ove Rein.  See sitering below!
Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute.
22.VI.2000:  B.B.C.: 
Science and Technology c/o Desert scorpions
Centennial Museum and KTEP National Public Radio at the University of Texas of El Paso
Euscorpius:  Occasional Publications in Scorpiology
Cuatrocieniegas webpage c/o

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UPDATED:  28.V.2011
Chad Lee, B.Sc. 1995
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Scorpion genera:   Centruroides, Diplocentrus, Paruroctonus, Pseudouroctonus, Serradigitus and Vaejovis.

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