REVSYS: SYSTEMATICS OF THE
SCORPION FAMILY VAEJOVIDAE
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What are scorpions?
Anatomy
Glossary

Why study scorpions?
Diversity
Antiquity
Notoriety
Distribution
Life History
Ecology
Conservation
Dwindling Expertise
Venom

Dwindling Expertise

Surprisingly, despite their notoriety, worldwide distribution, medical, ecological and conservation importance, scorpions are poorly studied taxonomically. Many families and genera have never been revised and recent inventories of scorpion diversity—even in regions thought to be well-surveyed for scorpions (e.g. Australia, southern Africa, and the USA)—continue to uncover new species and distribution records. Given the paucity of active specialists and an aging demographic, it seems unlikely that the world scorpion fauna will become better known until more scorpion specialists are trained and the prospects for their employment improve. Our group is addressing this problem by coordinating existing expertise in North America to undertake a long overdue revision of the North American scorpion family Vaejovidae, training new specialists in the process.

 


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