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Funding: The REVSYS Vaejovidae project gratefully acknowledges the National Science Foundation as the principal source of funding (through DEB 0413453, some material has also been collected incidentally during fieldwork for EAR 0228699). Additional funding for DNA sequencing and fieldwork has generously been provided by the Richard Lounsbery Foundation and the American Museum of Natural History (to Lorenzo Prendini), and the Instituto de Biología, UNAM, an the Instituto de Ecología, UNAM (to Oscar Francke).

Fieldwork: We thank the Dirección General de Vida Silvestre, SEMARNAT, Mexico, for permission to collect scorpions in Mexico, the staff of the California State Parks for permission to collect in the Santa Monica Mountains, and the National Park Service for permission to collect in Death Valley National Park. Mike Pittman, Project Leader, Trans-Pecos Ecosystems Management Project gave us the permits to collect and study at Black Gap, and Tom Vanzant, Assistant Area Manager provided on-site assistance and cooperation. We also appreciate the assistance of the following individuals in the field: Jesús Ballesteros, Kanvaly Bamba, Pablo Berea, Vinicius Capovilla, Milagros Cordóva, Cesar Duran Barrón, Gabriela Francke, Adolfo Ibarra, Abigail Jaimes, Lee Jarvis, Chad Lee, Michelle McCoy, Kari, J. McWest, Randy Mercurio, Hector Montaño, Griselda Montiel Parra, Ricardo Paredes, Javier Ponce Saavedra, Sergio Reynaud, Susana Rubio, Carlos Santibañez, Alejandro Valdez, Gabriel Villegas.

Specimen Donations: We are most grateful to the following people for donating specimens and tissue samples for the project: Rick West, Kari McWest, Jeremy Huff, Michele Nishiguchi, Darrin Vernier, Barney Tomberlin, Peter Sprouse, Andrew Gluesenkamp, Jean Krejca, the manager of La Salada Mine, Colima.

Data Collection: We thank Randy Mercurio for logistical assistance with processing specimens and tissue samples generated from fieldwork and for taking some of the photos on this website, Ofelia Delgado, Rebecca Budinoff, Tarang Sharma, Tripp MacDonald and Melanie Ng for producing DNA sequence data, Steve Thurston and Connie Cai for assistance with imaging, Jordan Coetzee-Folks for illustrations and digital imaging, and Erich Volschenk and Camilo Mattoni for advice on a diversity of matters.

Specimen Database and Web Tools: We thank Randall T. Schuh for making the PBI Specimen Database structure available for this project, and Sheridan Hewson-Smith for assistance and advice with the database, and with many related issues (e.g. unique lot identifiers). We thank John Pickering and the team at Discover Life for providing tools for mapping, producing identification keys, and related applications via the Discover Life website.

Museum Visits and Loans: We thank the following for their assistance with loaning material from the collections in their care and/or assisting us during our visits: Charles Griswold and Darrell Ubick, California Academy of Sciences; Christine Rollard, Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris.


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