Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Scorpiones
Family: Buthidae

Koch Scorpion
Centruroides infamatus

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Centruroides infamatus

Koch Scorpion (Centruroides infamatus). Photograph by Dave Gaban.


Physical Characteristics

Yellow to tan with two broad, dark longitudinal stripes on the upper side of the abdomen. Slender pincers and a long, slender tail are characteristic.


Centruroides infamatus is often found under rocks, boards, and in detritus.

Geographic Range

Southern Mexican states north to Zacatecas and Durango.


Centruroides infamatus, like the other Buthidae, eats other arthropods. Included in its diet are spiders, solfugids, other scorpions, and an array of insect prey.


Literature Cited

Polis, G. A. 1990. The biology of scorpions. Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA.

Web Resources

Scorpions of the Chihuahuan Desert

Scorpions of Texas


Aaron Bodor, June 2006

Last Update: A.H. Harris, 30 Jun 2006.