Stahnke, 1940

This family includes one genus and one species [Updated 20.09.09]. In 2009, Vignoli & Prendini transfered all troglomorphic species in Superstitioniidae to Typholochactidae Mitchell, 1971 (see Typhlocahctidae family file for more details).

The scorpions in this family are found in North America (Southwestern USA)

"Superstitionia" is named for the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix, where the first specimens were collected by Herbert Stahnke (at "Don's Camp" as told by Herbert Stahnke to Kari McWest).

Troglotayosicus was transfered into this family from the now abolished family Troglotayosicidae in a recent revision by Soleglad & Fet (2003) but I've now reinstated Troglotayosicidae and moved the genus back again (see Troglotayosicidae for more info).

Only one species, Superstitionia donensis, has been reported to occur in captivity.

No data has been found about the venom of these scorpions, but, like S. donensis (McWest, pers. obs.), they are probably harmless.

Left: Superstitionia donensis photo by Dr. Graeme Lowe (C).

This list of genera and species is based on Fet et al.(2000). Subspecies is not included in the list. I try to update the list as additions and changes are published. * denotes changes after Fet et al. (2000). I will be grateful for information about new development in the taxonomy of this family. For information about synonyms and bibliographies, see Fet et al. (2000)
See also Soleglad & Fet (2003) for more information. Fulltext freely available HERE (issue 11).

Superstitionia Stahnke, 1940 (1)
S. donensis Stahnke, 1940

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