The Sin City Scorpion

Pseudouroctonus peccatum - Male holotype (bottom) and female paratype (top).

Pseudouroctonus peccatum – Male holotype (bottom) and female paratype (top).

Congratulations to Amanda Tate and Rebecca Riddle for their first publication!  Both were students in my Invertebrate Zoology course at UNLV when they discovered an important new species of scorpion in the mountains just outside of Las Vegas, NV.  They named the scorpion Pseudouroctonus peccatum, as “peccatum” is Latin for “sin” in reference to the proximity of this species to Sin City (Las Vegas). We made several trips to the type locality but only found a handful of individuals, which explains why the species remained unknown to science for so long despite occurring in a popular tourist destination.  Hmm, how many other new scorpions have yet to be discovered in the mountains of the American Southwest?

Their discovery was recently published in the peer-reviewed, open-access journal ZooKeys. Amanda, Rebecca, and I all thank Michael Soleglad for his valuable contributions to the paper.

CITATION: Tate, A.E., R.R. Riddle, M.E. Soleglad & M.R. Graham. 2013. Pseudouroctonus peccatum, a new scorpion from the Spring Mountains near “Sin City,” Nevada (Scorpiones, Vaejovidae). ZooKeys, 364:29–45.

LINK: http://www.pensoft.net/journals/zookeys/article/6288/abstract/pseudouroctonus-peccatum-a-new-scorpion-from-the-spring-mountains-near-sin-city-nevada-scorpiones-vaejovidae

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