REVSYS: SYSTEMATICS OF THE
SCORPION FAMILY VAEJOVIDAE

México (Veracruz: Xalapa Region): Three days (May 69, 2006), partially funded by the NSF REVSYS grant. Dr Oscar Francke and Jesus Ballesteros (undergraduate, Instituto Politecnico Nacional) travelled east from MéxicoCity, stopping to collect at the type locality of Vaejovis maculosus, where samples were obtained for DNA isolation.  In the city of Xalapa, Francke and Ballesteros were joined by Mr. Pablo Berea (professional ‘venomologist’), with whom they collected during the following two days in parched dry semi-deciduous scrub forest.   Despite failing to confirm a 1932 record of Vaejovis intrepidus for the region (this species is known to inhabit along the Pacific coast of Méxicoin the states of Michoacan, Colima and Jalisco), two species of Diplocentrus and two species of Centruroides were collected.

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Oscar Francke and Jesus Ballesteros taking a break in Veracruz.