Ayrey, R.F. 2013. A new species of Vaejovis from the Mogollon Rim of northern Arizona (Scorpiones: Vaejovidae). Euscorpius, 176: 1−13. (13 November 2013).Administrator on November 14, 2013 in Online Arachnid Publications, Recent News, Scorpions in North America No Comments »
A new scorpion species, Vaejovis trinityae sp. nov. is described. This small brown species is found along the Mogollon Rim above Strawberry, Arizona. This is the first description of a new species of the “vorhiesi” group scorpions whose DNA phylogenetic analysis was published (Bryson et al., 2013); based on DNA data, the new species is most related to V. lapidicola Stahnke and V. crumpi Ayrey et Soleglad. It represents one of the “twenty-seven geographically cohesive lineages inferred from the mtDNA tree”. A unique characteristic of this species is that it exhibits arboreal behavior, being frequently found on Ponderosa pine trees.