06 January, 2016

Mexican scorpion found in Spain

Ronaldo Teruel and Gabriel de Biurrun Baquedano recently reported about the findings of a specimen of Vaejovis mexicanus C. L. Koch, 1836 (Buthidae) in Bidaurreta, Northern Spain. Interestingly, this species was also found in Norway in 2009 (Teruel & Rein, 2009). The latter was a stowaway and the cause for its appearance in cold Norway was discovered. The finding of the Spanish specimen is more of a mystery and no explanation for its appearance has been found.

A live specimen of the North American scorpion Vaejovis mexicanus C. L. Koch, 1836 (Vaejovidae) was found in Bidaurreta, a small town of Navarra, northern Iberian Peninsula. This is the first record of the species from Spain and the second from Europe.

Teruel R, de Biurrun Baquedano G. Primer registro del escorpión Norteamericano Vaejovis Mexicanus C. L. Koch, 1836 (Scorpiones: Vaejovidae) en España. Revista Iberica de Arachnologia. 2015 (27):124-6.

Thanks to Dr. Rolando Teruel for sending me his article!

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