USA (New Mexico) 2008
5–7 September, 2008: REVSYS Volunteer, Kari J. McWest, accompanied by Keisha D. Hendricks and their baby, Sydda, traveled to New Mexico (ca. 900 miles/1,450 km) in search of Vaejovis species for DNA isolation and new records. Numerous stops between Santa Rosa and Ramah, NM, were sampled by UV and rock-rolling. Unfortunately, extremely dry conditions, coupled with a dry cold front that produced cool, windy nighttime conditions in the high desert, made all but one sampling attempt futile. Two specimens of an undescribed scorpion were recovered early during an exhaustive 2-hour search at one locality.
9–13 October, 2008: Kari J. McWest and Keisha D. Hendricks, funded by the NSF REVSYS grant. REVSYS Volunteer Kari McWest traveled to the "bootheel" of New Mexico with his new fianceé, Keisha Hendricks. Their mission was to recover additional specimens of elusive scorpion species, along with solifuges, and other arachnids and myriapods from the desert mountains in that region and perhaps add new localities. Important scorpions at three of the five target localities were found, despite poor weather and road conditions. They drove from Canyon, Texas, to Portal, Arizona, where they met with Barbara Roth and "The Twins" (sons of Barbara and the late arachnologist, Vince Roth), who hosted them for the first 2 nights. Kari and Keisha successfully sampled in the Little Florida Mountains near Deming, the Big Hatchet Mountains, Granite Gap in the Peloncillo Mountains, and in the Cookes Range. is. They also unsuccessfully sampled in the mountains of western New Mexico on their way to visit Joe and Judy Bigelow in Eagar, AZ, who provided additional information about target scorpion and solifuge species in Arizona and Texas. Four undetermined Aphonopelma specimens of two species were collected near Hachita, NM, and one juvenile from the Little Florida Mtns, for Dr. Brent Hendrixson.