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Species Paruroctonus boreus - Northern Scorpion

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Scorpiones (Scorpions)
Family Vaejovidae
Genus Paruroctonus
Species boreus (Northern Scorpion)
Explanation of Names
boreus means northern. It is found as far north as Canada.
Adults range in size from 35 to 55 mm.
Highly variable throughout its range, and depending on habitat. Throughout much of its range it is the only scorpion found. It has the basic identifiers of Paruroctonus scorpions, such as relatively robust hands and a somewhat slender metasoma/tail in which the keels do not terminate in an enlarged denticle. In most areas it is pale, light brown. In volcanic habitats it can be quite dark with a striped tail.
Western USA into southern Canada. California (Sierra Nevada), Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Arizona (north of Flagstaff), New Mexico (NW corner), W Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, W North Dakota, W South Dakota. In Canada: southern dry valleys of Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Alberta.