Big scorpions are definitely intimidating in their own right, but ask anyone who hails from the southwest and they'll set you straight: it's the little ones you have to look out for.
It's the tiniest of these pincer-wielding critters that scutter their way undetected into your shoes, the pile of laundry that you haphazardly dumped on your bedroom floor, or the woodpile that you've been storing in the side yard. And worst of all? The smallest scorpion species are often the most venomous.
Which is why we should all count ourselves fortunate that the newly identified species of scorpion pictured up top — dubbed Wernerius inyoensis by UNLV doctoral candidate Matthew Graham — makes its home in the deserts of Death Valley National Park, far from your freshly laundered undies. Measuring just over half an inch long, W. inyoensis is downright tiny, and while Graham and his colleagues make no mention of how venomous its sting is in the paper describing the new species, you just know this little bugger would make a home out of your shoes in no time if given the chance.
The new species is described in the latest issue of ZooKeys.
Top image by Matthew Graham via ZooKeys