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Species Centruroides vittatus - Striped Bark Scorpion

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Scorpiones (Scorpions)
Family Buthidae
Genus Centruroides (Bark Scorpions)
Species vittatus (Striped Bark Scorpion)
Size
Up to 7 cm in length
Identification
"A very important clue is the "triangle" on the front of the carapace; long, slender appendages, which are noticeably more elongate in males than in females; two broad stripes down back, with orange bars on each tergite (dorsal plate); hands and fifth metasoma (tail) segment are darker, especially in young and freshly molted specimens; broad stripe on the back of the tail." - Kari J McWest
Range
Populations of this scorpion encompass a large geographic range that includes southern Colorado, eastern New Mexico, several of the states in northern Mexico, Texas, western Louisiana, western Arkansas, southern Missouri, Oklahoma, and much of Kansas. (Shelley & Sissom 1985) Tsunemi Yamashita
Habitat
Rocky glade areas in Arkansas are the habitat of C. vittatus. Tsunemi Yamashita
Season
Arkansas scorpions were not active on the surface during December, January, February, and March but Texas scorpions were active all year. Tsunemi Yamashita
Remarks
Venom is a mild neurotoxin, sting is quite painful. Some people might have a severe allergic reaction requiring medical attention

This is the most common scorpion in the USA. (1)
Print References
Shelley, R.M. and W.D. Sissom. 1985. Distributions of the scorpions Centruroides vittatus (Say) and Centruroides hentzi (Banks) in the United States and Mexico (Scorpiones, Buthidae). JOA 23:100-110.