Timogenes elegans
(Mello-Leitão 1931)



Common names:
No common name, other than "escorpión" or "alacrán".

A wide range comprising southern Bolivia and Paraguay, as well as the Argentinean provinces of Jujuy, Salta, Formosa, Chaco, Tucumán, Santiago del Estero, Catamarca, La Rioja, Córdoba, San Luis, San Juan, Mendoza, La Pampa, Río Negro, Santa Fe, Entre Ríos and Buenos Aires.

The genus Timogenes is a typical inhabitant of the Chacoan Biogeographic Domain. Timogenes elegans is the species with wider range, comprising mainly the Chacoan Province, but also the "espinal", the "Monte" and the "Prepuna". This species is burrow-dweller.

No medical importance.

Selected litterature:
Maury, E.A. 1982. El género Timogenes Simon 1880 (Scorpiones, Bothriuridae). Rev. Soc. Ent. Argentina, 41(1-4):23-48.

On the Internet:
Homepage of Dr. Luis E. Acosta

Size up to about 12 cm (among the largest Neotropical scorpions).

This species file is written by Dr. Luis E. Acosta.
Timogenes elegans photo by Valerio Vignoli (C)

Jan Ove Rein (C) 2023