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Thus far, NSF Grant No. 0413453 has contributed in whole or in part to twenty peer-reviewed journal publications,  eleven presentations at professional scientific meetings (three at national meetings and eight at international meetings), three posters at international meetings, three online articles (associated with the 2009 publication on scorpion book lungs by Kamenz and Prendini, which itself benefitted from the grant), five presentations at popular science meetings, three children’s articles about scorpions, and two books on scorpions aimed at children and/or young adults.  Additional contributions are in development. 

Journal Publications:

Ballesteros, A. and Francke, O.F. 2007. A new species of sun-spider from sand dunes in Coahuila, México (Arachnida: Solifugae: Eremobatidae). Zootaxa 1665: 6168.

Francke, O.F. 2007. Alacranes (Arachnida, Scorpiones) de Frontera Corozal, en la Selva Lacandona, Chiapas, México.  Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 78: 69–77.

Francke, O.F. and Gonzalez-Santillan, E.  2007. A new species belonging to the Vaejovis punctipalpi group (Scorpiones, Vaejovidae) from southern Mexico. Journal of Arachnology 34: 586–591.

Francke, O.F. and Ponce Saavedra, J. 2006. A new Vaejovis (Scorpiones: Vaejovidae) with a subaculear spine from Michoacan, Mexico. Revista Ibérica de Aracnología 12: 63–68.

Francke, O.F. and Prendini, L. 2008. Phylogeny and classification of the giant hairy scorpions, Hadrurus Thorell (Iuridae Thorell): A reappraisal. Systematics and Biodiversity 6: 205–223.

Francke, O.F. and Savary, W.E. 2006. A new troglobitic Pseudouroctonus Stahnke (Scorpiones: Vaejovidae) from northern Mexico. Zootaxa 1302: 21–30.

Francke, O.F., Vignoli, V. and Prendini, L. 2009. A new species of Typhlochactas (Scorpiones, Typhlochactinae) from eastern Mexico. American Museum Novitates 3647: 111.

Huff, J., Viquez, C., and Prendini, L. 2008. Redescription of Mimoscorpius pugnator (Butler, 1872) (Arachnida: Thelyphonida), with first description of the female. American Museum Novitates 3633: 1–9.

Kamenz, C. and Prendini, L. 2008. An atlas of book lung ultrastructure in the Order Scorpiones (Arachnida). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 316: 1–259.

McWest, K.J. 2009. Tarsal spinules and setae of vaejovid scorpions (Scorpiones: Vaejovidae). Zootaxa 2001: 1–126

Prendini, L., Francke, O.F. and Vignoli, V. (in press). Troglomorphism, trichobothriotaxy and typhlochactid phylogeny (Scorpiones, Chactoidea): More evidence that troglobitism is not an evolutionary dead-end. Cladistics.

Prendini, L. and Wheeler, W.C. 2005. Scorpion higher phylogeny and classification, taxonomic anarchy, and standards for peer review in online publishing. Cladistics 21: 446–494.

Prendini, L. 2009. Assembling the Scorpion Tree of Life: ‘High-level systematics and phylogeny of the extant scorpions (Scorpiones: Orthosterni) reanalysed’. In: Arrivillaga, J., El Souki, M. & Herrera, B. (Eds.) Monografía Digital Sociedad Venezolana de Entomología 2: 141. ISBN 978-980-12-3750-1

Santibañez-Lopez, C. and Francke, O.F. 2008. A new species of Diplocentrus (Scorpiones, Diplocentridae) from Oaxaca, Mexico.  Zootaxa 1742: 53–60.

Santibañez-Lopez, C. and Francke, O.F. (in review) New and poorly known species of the mexicanus group of the genus Vaejovis Koch, 1836 (Scorpiones: Vaejovidae) from Oaxaca, Mexico. Journal of Arachnology.

Santibañez-Lopez, C. and Sissom, W.D. (in review) New species of the Vaejovis eusthenura group in Oaxaca, Mexico (Scorpiones: Vaejovidae). Zootaxa.

Vignoli, V. and Prendini, L. 2009. Systematic revision of the troglomorphic scorpion family Typhlochactidae (Scorpiones: Chactoidea). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 326: 1–94.

Volschenk, E.S., Mattoni, C.I. and Prendini, L. 2008. Comparative anatomy of the mesosomal organs of scorpions (Chelicerata, Scorpiones), with implications for the phylogeny of the order. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 154: 651-675.

Wirkner, C.S. and Prendini, L. 2007. Comparative morphology of the hemolymph vascular system in scorpions – a survey using corrosion casting, MicroCT and 3D-reconstruction. Journal of Morphology 268: 401–413.

Zárate-Gálvez, K. and Francke, O.F. (in press). Nueva especie de Vaejovis  (Scorpiones: Vaejovidae) de Chiapas, México. Revista Ibérica de Aracnología.

Popular Science Article:

Prendini, L. 2006. Scorpiones. In: McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. AccessScience@McGraw-Hill. DOI 10.1036/1097–8542.607800. Available at: http://www.accessscience.com/email_pdf/2dbdce746a7af4696920181c26717f67.pdf

Online articles:

 AMNH Website (http://www.amnh.org/science/papers/scorpion_images.php): ‘Microscopic morphology adds detail to scorpion family tree.’

 

Physorg.com: ‘Microscopic morphology adds to the scorpion family tree’ http://www.physorg.com/news150984224.html

 

Seed Magazine (http://www.seedmagazine.com), June 2009: ‘Portfolio: A library of lungs’.

 Childrens articles and books:

Martha Stewart Kids Magazine ‘Beware Scorpions’ Number 19, Fall 2005, pp. 70, 76–81, 143

 

Scholastic Science World ‘Scorpions: Friend or Foe?’ January 2008, pp. 10, 11

Arachnids of the World (Natural History Museum) by J. Beccaloni (2008).

Scorpions: On the Hunt (Capstone Press, Mankato, MN) (2008).

Oral Presentations at Scientific Meetings:

Esposito, L.A., Volschenk, E.S., and Prendini, L. New molecular and morphological insights into the systematics of New World buthid scorpions. 32nd Annual Meeting of the American Arachnological Society, University of California, Berkeley, 25–30 July 2008.

Esposito, L.A. and Prendini, L. Biogeography of the bark scorpions, Centruroides Marx 1890. 24th European Colloquium of Arachnology, Bern, 25–29 August 2008.

Francke, O.F. and Prendini, L. Reappraisal of the phylogeny and classification of the giant hairy scorpions, Hadrurus Thorell (Iuridae). Symposium: Scorpion Systematics. 17th International Congress of Arachnology, São Pedro, São Paulo, Brazil, 5–10 August 2007.

González, E., Prendini, L., Sissom, W.D., Francke, O.F., and Savary, W.E. Progress towards a systematic revision of the North American scorpion family Vaejovidae. Symposium: Scorpion Systematics. 17th International Congress of Arachnology, São Pedro, São Paulo, Brazil, 5–10 August 2007.

Kamenz, C., Prendini, L., Dunlop, J., and Scholtz, G. Phylogenetic implications of scorpion book lungs. Symposium: Scorpion Systematics. 17th International Congress of Arachnology, São Pedro, São Paulo, Brazil, 5–10 August 2007.

Prendini, L., and Wheeler, W.C. Assembling the Scorpion Tree of Life: Phylogeny of Extant Scorpions based on Molecules, Morphology and Exemplars. 23rd Meeting of the Willi Hennig Society, CNRS/Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, France, 18–23 July 2004.

Prendini, L., and Wheeler, W.C. Assembling the Scorpion Tree of Life: Phylogeny of Extant Scorpions based on Molecules, Morphology and Exemplars. 16th International Congress of Arachnology, Ghent University, Gent, Belgium, 2–7 August 2004.

Prendini, L. and Volschenk, E.S. Dynamic homology and the evolution of scorpion trichobothriotaxy. Symposium: Scorpion Systematics. 17th International Congress of Arachnology, São Pedro, São Paulo, Brazil, 5–10 August 2007.

Prendini, L. Assembling the Scorpion Tree of Life. The Tree of Life Institute, American Museum of Natural History, New York, 22–30 July, 2008.

Prendini, L. Assembling the Scorpion Tree of Life: Towards a global revision of the Order Scorpiones/Ensamblando el Árbol de la Vida de los Escorpiones: Hacia una revisión global del Orden Scorpiones. Simposio 2, Arácnidos. XXI Congreso Venezolano de Entomología, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela, 19–4 July 2009.

Volschenk, E.S., Mattoni, C.I., and Prendini, L. New insight into the ovariuterus anatomy of the buthid (Buthidae) scorpions: An overlooked phylogenetic tool. Symposium: Scorpion Systematics. 17th International Congress of Arachnology, São Pedro, São Paulo, Brazil, 5–10 August 2007.

Invited Presentation:

Prendini, L. Towards a phylogenetic revision of the Order Scorpiones. Division of Invertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, U.S.A., 31 January 2005.

Oral Presentations at Popular Science Meetings:

Huff, J. An overview of Scorpion Systematics at the American Museum of Natural History. 2nd Annual ArachnoCon Meetings, San Antonio, TX, 19–21 July 2007. [Keynote address]

Mercurio, R. The REVSYS Vaejovidae Project. 8th Annual American Tarantula Society Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, 16 June 2007. [Keynote address]

Sissom, W.D.  A Synopsis of the Scorpions of Southern Arizona.  Meetings of the American Tarantula Society, Rio Rio, AZ, 24–26 July 2008. [Keynote address].

Sissom, W.D. Systematics, Natural History and Ecology of North American Scorpions. 2nd Annual ArachnoCon Meetings, San Antonio, TX, 19–21 July 2007. [Keynote address]

Sissom, W.D. Scorpions of the Southwestern U.S.A.: Biodiversity, Ecology and Natural History. Venom Week: 2nd International Scientific Symposium on Venomous Animals, Albuquerque, NM, 1–4 June, 2009.

Posters at Scientific Meetings:

Vignoli, V. and Prendini, L. Systematic revision of the family Superstitioniidae Stahnke, 1940 (Arachnida: Scorpiones). 22nd European Colloquium of Arachnology, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, 1–6 August 2005.

González-Santillán E. Scorpion fauna of Estado de México, México. 17th International Congress of Arachnology, São Pedro, São Paulo, Brazil, 5–10 August 2007.

Wirkner, C. and Prendini, L. Comparative morphology of the hemolymph vascular system in scorpions: A survey using corrosion casting, microCT, and 3D-reconstruction. 17th International Congress of Arachnology, São Pedro, São Paulo, Brazil, 5–10 August 2007.

Website: 

The project website is live at http://www.vaejovidae.info (mirror site at http://www.vaejovidae.com). The website conveys information on the project at various levels of sophistication, such that a broad community of users might find material of relevance. Material will continue to be added to the site in the coming years, broadening the overall relevance of the project. 

 

 


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