REVSYS: SYSTEMATICS OF THE
SCORPION FAMILY VAEJOVIDAE
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Project Overview
Aims
Motivation
Intellectual Merit
Broader Impacts

Participating Institutions
AMNH
WTAMU
IBUNAM
CAS

Individual participants
Principal Investigators
Collaborators
Graduate Students
Undergraduate Students
High School Students
Technicians
Volunteers

Workplan
Fieldwork
Museum Collections
Databasing and Mapping
Taxonomy
DNA Sequencing
Phylogenetic Analysis
Taxon Sampling
Morphological Data
Vouchering and Archiving
Data Analysis

Publications/Authorship

Timelines and Goals
Research Goals/Products
Training Program
Project Management

 

Taxon Sampling

A primary aim of this project is to produce a complete, internally consistent morphological and molecular data matrix for Vaejovidae.  This has never been attempted for a major lineage, let alone an entire family, of scorpions.  All species will be scored as ingroups for the morphological analysis, and every effort expended to acquire fresh samples of each for DNA isolation.  We will attempt to sequence DNA from museum material when no fresh samples are available. Exemplars from the Chactidae, Iuridae, Superstitioniidae, and more distantly related chactoid, scorpionoid and buthoid families and genera, will be included as outgroups to test the various hypotheses that have been proposed to account for the phylogenetic placement of Vaejovidae, as well as the monophyly of the family (Lamoral 1980; Stockwell 1989; Lourenço 2000; Soleglad & Fet 2003, 2004; Coddington et al. 2004).

Literature Cited

Coddington, J.A., Giribet, G., Harvey, M.S., Prendini, L., & Walter, D.E. 2004. Arachnida. In: Cracraft, J. and Donoghue, M. (Eds.) Assembling the Tree of Life. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 296318.

Lamoral, B.H. 1980. A reappraisal of the suprageneric classification of recent scorpions and their zoogeography. In: Gruber, J. (Ed.) Verhandlungen. 8. Internationaler ArachnologenKongress abgehalten ander Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, 7–12 Juli, 1980. H. Egermann, Vienna, 439–444.

Lourenço, W.R. 2000. Panbiogéographie, les familles des scorpions et leur répartition géographique. Biogeographica 76: 21–39.

Soleglad, M.E. & Fet, V. 2003. High-level systematics and phylogeny of the extant scorpions (Scorpiones: Orthosterni). Euscorpius 11: 1–175.

Soleglad, M.E. & Fet, V. 2004. The systematics of the scorpion subfamily Uroctoninae (Scorpiones: Chactidae). Revista Ibérica de Aracnología 10: 81–128.

Stockwell, S.A. 1989. Revision of the phylogeny and higher classification of scorpions (Chelicerata). Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Berkeley. 

 

 


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