As two teenagers scrolled through the collaborative science platform iNaturalist three years ago, a mysterious scorpion that a citizen scientist encountered near a Mojave Desert lake captured their attention.

Users upload observations of plants, animals, and fungi to iNaturalist, and its community identifies them. Six years had passed since this entry had last been identified.

The 19-year-old Forbes and the 18-year-old Jain, who met working at a nature preserve and frequently scroll through the platform, also couldn’t find a match

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