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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)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Centruroides vittatus (Say)
Orig. Comb: Buthus vittatus Say, 1821
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
sc US (Rockies to Miss. R.) / n. Mex. - Map (Shelley & Sissom 1985)(1), the most common scorpion in the USA.
Habitat
occurs under rocks, under boards, and in debris. It can be found indoors or outdoors in a wide variety of habitats (pine forests in East Texas, rocky slopes, grasslands, juniper breaks in other parts of the state). - TAMU Agrilife Extension
Season
mostly Mar-Nov (1)
Remarks
Venom is a mild neurotoxin, sting is quite painful. Some people might have a severe allergic reaction requiring medical attention
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). Journal of Arachnology 23: 100-110.
Internet References
scorpion fact sheet - TAMU Agrilife Extension
species page - TAMU Agrilife Extension