E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Wildlife of British Columbia

Paruroctonus boreus (Girard, 1854)
Northern Scorpion
Family: Vaejovidae

Photo of species

© Jamie Fenneman  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #6733)

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Distribution of Paruroctonus boreus in British Columbia
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The Northern Scorpion is found in Western North America from southern Canada (BC--Okanagan Lake Valley, Alberta--Medicine Hat to Red Deer and Calgary and Saskatchewan) to northern Arizona to eastern California (Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and northern Arizona), and may be present in northern Mexico (McWest 2009). It is commonly "found in a variety of habitats and elevations (to over 2000 m, 7000 ft)" (McWest 2009).

Read about Pseudoscorpions in Canada.

A photographic key to the Pseudoscorpions of Canada and the Adjacent US, prepared by Christopher Buddle, is available.

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
BC Ministry of Environment: BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer--the authoritative source for conservation information in British Columbia.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Scorpio boreus Girard, 1854
Vejovis aquilonalis Stahnke, 1940
Vejovis auratus Gertsch & Soleglad, 1966

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General References

Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2022-08-07 9:14:19 AM]
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