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

Vaejovis intermedius

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Vaejovis intermedius

Scorpion (Vaejovis intermedius). Photograph by Jan Ove Rein.


Physical Characteristics

Yellow to tan, brown dorsum. The "dorsal stripe" is the "heart" showing through. "The beauty of this species is that its body is yellow orange and the pedipalps and metasoma increase in "redness" to maroon distally! Very impressive in juvenile specimens! The fingers are long and slender. Reaches 55-60mm. Impressive scorpion, extremely fast and agile" (personal commun., Keri McWest).


Cliffs, rocky slopes, road cuts, etc.

Geographic Range

The species is found in Coahuila and southern Trans-Pecos Texas southeast to Val Verde County, Texas.


Vaejovis intermedius preys on spiders and large insects.


Literature Cited

Jackman, J. A. 1997. A field guide to spiders and scorpions of Texas. Gulf Press, Houston.

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

Web Resource

Scorpions of the Chihuahuan Desert

Scorpions of Texas


Aaron Bodor, June 2006.

A.H. Harris, Last Update: 4 Jul 2006.