#Biodiversity150 number 68 of 150 Northern Scorpion

68/150: Did you know scorpions live in Canada too?

animalia: Arthropoda: Arachnida: Scorpiones: Vaejovidae: Paruroctonus: Paruroctonus boreus (Girard, 1854)

Paruroctonus boreus, or the Northern Scorpion, is native to British Columbia and Alberta and is the only species of scorpion found in Canada. Though a relatively common species, it is rarely seen due to its nocturnal nature. However, like all scorpions, P. boreus glows under black light due to fluorescent compounds found in its exoskeleton and can be found in the field by using a hand-held UV lamp. Scorpions are venomous and use their stingers defensively to sting attackers. Despite their appearance, the scorpion ‘tail’ is not actually a tail, but an elongated abdomen curled above the rest of their body. Scorpions locate their enemies with sensory hairs found on their abdomens which allow them to strike accurately despite their poor vision. Though scorpions have trouble focusing their eyes, they are some of the most light-sensitive eyes on the planet and allow them to navigate by the stars at night. #Canada150 #Biodiversity150

Specimen CCDB-28552-D04 – Okanagan County, British Columbia, Canada – 24-June-2009. Photo Credit: CBG Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics
A Northern Scorpion, Paruroctonus boreus, with its elongated abdomen lying flat. Photo Credit: Lon&Queta goo.gl/fDI058

Here’s the barcode sequence information for this species:

Process ID:  ARBCM3045-15

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amino acid sequence


Visual representation of DNA barcode sequence for Yellow Banded Bumble Bee

Learn more about it’s BIN (Barcode Index Number): BOLD:AAA8658

One thought on “68/150: Did you know scorpions live in Canada too?

  1. I found a small black scorpion with a red tail in Oshawa, Ontario this was many years ago and I didn’t know what the hell it was at first till I noticed the tail. I still can’t find any answers on what type it was and I was highly Arachne phobic so I didn’t go near it at all.

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