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Family Vaejovidae

Scorpion - Vaejovis spinigerus - Paravaejovis spinigerus - male California Forest Scorpion? - Uroctonus mordax Scorpion - Paravaejovis spinigerus Smeringurus or Paruroctonus sp? Male? - Smeringurus mesaensis - male Scorpion - Stahnkeus subtilimanus Another scorpion - Chihuahuanus coahuilae Unknown scorpion - Vaejovis carolinianus Paravaejovis spinigerus  - Paravaejovis spinigerus - female
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Scorpiones (Scorpions)
Family Vaejovidae
Pronunciation
Although it is probably incorrect, the common pronunciation among researchers is:
"veh-JOE-vi-dee".
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
A complex revision is currently under way by Lorenzo Prendini, David Sissom, Oscar Francke, Warren Savary, and their students/colleagues. Thus far, the genera in the US and Canada include
Chihuahuanus
Kochius
Maaykuyak
Paravaejovis
Paruroctonus
Smeringurus
Pseudouroctonus
Kovarikia
Graemeloweus
Uroctonites
Uroctonus (Editor's opinion. Currently placed in family Chactidae)
Vaejovis
Serradigitus
Stahnkeus
Gertschius
Explanation of Names
Vaejovidae Thorell 1876
Numbers
>100 spp. in USA (new species found often); ~180 spp. in over 25 genera total(1).
Size
American species adult sizes range from 20 mm (Serradigitus spp.) to 100 mm (Smeringurus grandis).
Range
Mid-Appalachian states (see Vaejovis carolinianus guide page) and w. North America (BC-AB-ND south to Guatemala)(2)
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