Tityus (genus)

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Tityus discrepans
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Scorpiones
Family: Buthidae
Genus: Tityus
Koch, 1836

More than 200, see text

Tityus is a large genus of thick-tailed scorpions (family Buthidae), the namesake of its subfamily Tityinae. As of June 2012,[1] Tityus contains more than 200 described species distributed in Central America and South America, from Costa Rica to Argentina.[2]

The genus contains several dangerously venomous scorpions, the best known of which is the Brazilian yellow scorpion, T. serrulatus. Its venom can cause severe illness (including pancreatitis), and in the young, old and infirm even death.[3]


Tityus trinitatis


  1. ^ Jan Ove Rein (April 17, 2012). "Buthidae". The Scorpion Files. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ Jimmy A. Guerrero-Vargas, Caroline B. F. Mourão, Verónica Quintero-Hernández, Lourival D. Possani & Elisabeth F. Schwartz (2011). "Identification and phylogenetic analysis of Tityus pachyurus and Tityus obscurus novel putative Na+-channel scorpion toxins". PLoS ONE. 7 (2): e30478. Bibcode:2012PLoSO...7E0478G. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030478. PMC 3280238free to read. PMID 22355312. 
  3. ^ Daniel Strickman, Stephen P. Frances & Mustapha Debboun (2009). Prevention of Bug Bites, Stings, and Disease. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-536578-8. 
  4. ^ Riquelme, F.; Villegas-Guzmán, G.; González-Santillán, E.; Córdova-Tabares, V.; Francke, O. F.; Piedra-Jiménez, D.; Estrada-Ruiz, E.; Luna-Castro, B. (2015). "New Fossil Scorpion from the Chiapas Amber Lagerstätte". PLoS ONE. 10 (8): 1–20. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0133396. 

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