/ Modified sep 10, 2013 4:53 p.m.

Researchers Find New Scorpion Species in Catalinas

This is the second time a new species is found in the mountains, which is unusual; unclear of how venomous creature is.


A new species of scorpion has been discovered in the Santa Catalina Mountains outside of Tucson.

The species was named Vaejovis brysoni, after Robert Bryson Jr., a member of the team that discovered it, said Rich Ayrey, a wildlife ecologist who also helped discover the scorpion.

This is the second time a new species of scorpions is found in this mountain range, which is unusual because only one species is usually found per area.

"Robert, who is a biologist in Seattle, happened to be in the Catalinas," Ayrey said. "(He) was looking for something else, and then he sent me a photo of what he found. I could tell it was something different."

The scorpion's color is brown; some a lighter hue of brown and others a darker hue, said Michael Webber, an evolutionary ecologist from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

"The end of their tail is reddish in color," she said. "The females are about an inch and the males are a little smaller."

It is currently unclear how venomous the creature is.

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