Vaejovis punctatus variegatus Pocock 1898
HOLOTYPE: Syntypes: MF (BMNH), Amula, Guerrero, México.
Distribution:NORTH AMERICA. México (Guerrero, México, Michoacán, Morelos, Puebla).
This species was considered a subspecies of V. punctatus Karsch by Hoffmann (1931) and most subsequent authors. It was returned to species status by Beutelspacher (2000), who provided no justification for the change. Pending revision of the group, we continue to recognize V. variegatus as a subspecies of punctatus.
1. The synonymy ofVaejovis nigropictus Pocock and V. punctatus Karsch has been accepted since the time of Kraepelin (1899), but it seems likely that it is incorrect. Pocock’s type originated from Jalisco, where only V. punctatus spadix is known. Consequently, Vaejovis nigropictus and V. punctatus spadix are probably synonyms, and a neotype for V. nigropictus should be proposed.
2. The subspecies of V. punctatus have been misidentified in certain contributions. The distributional lists for the subspecies given below are based on detailed study of numerous specimens by W. D. Sissom.
3. In the original catalog, the species was reported from Distrito Federal; this was due to the erroneous assignment of several localities to Distrito Federal, rather than Estado de México. The species has not been found in Distrito Federal (E. González Santillán, unpublished data).