‘These kids can find anything’: California teens identify two new scorpion species

The students traveled to salt lakes to collect specimens of unknown arachnids living in the harsh environment

A pair of California scorpion species that may have crawled under the radar for tens of thousands of years have finally been exposed – thanks to the efforts of two Bay Area teenagers. And for one at-risk species, the students’ work could prove life-saving.

Prakrit Jain of Los Altos and Harper Forbes of Sunnyvale, 17 and 18 at the time, identified two new species – Paruroctonus soda and Paruroctonus conclusus – after a tip from social media and excursions into the harsh terrain the arachnids inhabit, aided by a black light and Jain’s mother’s car.

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(SOURCE) https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/sep/19/new-scorpion-species-discovered-california-students-inaturalist

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