03 August, 2018

A new species in the genus Alloscorpiops from Myanmar (Burma)


Wilson R. Lourenço and Ondřej Košulič recently published a new article describing a new species of the genus Alloscorpiops Vachon, 1980 (Euscorpiidae) from the northern part of central Myanmar (Burma).

Alloscorpiops viktoriae Lourenço & Košulic, 2018

The article also has information about the habitat for the new species and the distribution and the biogeography of the genus Alloscorpiops.

Abstract:
Among the genera of the family Scorpiopidae Kraepelin, 1905 Alloscorpiops remains yet rather discrete. New species were added to this genus only recently, increasing its number from two to six. Therefore, species of Alloscorpiops can be considered rare and uncommonly collected. One particular new species, Alloscorpiops viktoriae sp. n., is described based on two females and one pre-adult male collected from the northern part of central Myanmar (Burma). The new species presents most features exhibited by scorpions of the genus Alloscorpiops, but it is characterised by a moderate to small size, very strongly marked granulation, and a particular trichobothrial pattern. Aspects of the ecology and distribution of the new species are discussed and compared with those of other species of genus Alloscorpiops.

Reference:
Lourenco WR, Kosulic O. A new remarkable species of Alloscorpiops Vachon, 1980 from Myanmar (Burma) (Scorpiones, Scorpiopidae). Zookeys. 2018(775):47-58. [Open Access]

Family Euscorpiidae

02 August, 2018

A new high altitude species of Scorpiops from China


Wilson Lourenco recently published a new species of Scorpiops Peters, 1861 (Euscorpiidae) from Taxkorgan Reserve, Xinjiang, China.

Scorpiops taxkorgan Lourenco, 2018

The new species was collected under stones at 4500-4600 meters. High altitude scorpions are discussed in the article.

Abstract:
Although scorpions have been described from China since the 19th century, it was only in the early 2000s that this fauna has seen a noticeable improvement in terms of the number and diversity of the described taxa. Some regions of China have been extensively prospected, while others remain largely unexplored. The latter is the case for the Province of Xinjiang, in the Extreme West of the country. A few contributions dealing with scorpions from this region are available, but these mainly concern representatives of the family Buthidae. In the present paper, a new species belonging to the genus Scorpiops Peters, of the family Scorpiopidae Kraepelin, is described from the Taxkorgan Natural Reserve. The description is based on one male and one female collected under stones at altitudes of 4500–4600 m. To our knowledge, this is the first species ever described from the Taxkorgan Natural Reserve and may represent an endemic element within the fauna of Xinjiang Province.

Reference:
Lourenco WR. Scorpions at high altitudes: A new species of Scorpiops Peters, 1861 (Scorpiones: Scorpiopidae) from the Taxkorgan Reserve, Xinjiang, China. Comptes Rendus - Biologies. 2018;341:362-9. [Open Access]

Family Euscorpiidae

01 August, 2018

A new species of Buthus from Algeria


Wilson Lourenco and co-workers have recently published a new species of Buthus Leach, 1815 (Buthidae) from the region Bou Sâada-M’Sila in Algeria.

Buthus boussaadi Lourenço, Chichi & Sadine, 2018

Abstract:
Since the early 2000s the genus Buthus Leach, 1815 has been the subject of an increasing number of studies. These have concerned in most cases the species belonging to the ‘Buthus occitanus’ complex and have led to a revision of the status of many populations previously considered as subspecies or varieties of Buthus occitanus (Amoreux, 1889) which have been raised to the rank of species. A noticeable number of new species have also been described. The majority of the species considered in these studies come from North Africa but only four new species were recorded from Algeria. One more new species of Buthus is herein described from the region of Bou-Sâada-M’Sila, in the northern range of the country. This new species may represent a possible vicariant element of Buthus saharicus, known from the central deserts of Algeria. The number of confirmed species of Buthus found in Algeria is raised to seven.

Reference: 
Lourenco WR, Chichi S, Sadine SE. A new species of Buthus Leach, 1815 from the region of Bou Sâada-M’sila, Algeria; A possible case Of vicariance for the genus (Scorpiones: Buthidae). Revista Iberica de Arachnologia. 2018(32):15-20.

Thanks to Dr. Salah Eddine Sadine for sending me their article!

Family Buthidae

31 July, 2018

A new species of Microtityus from the British Virgin Islands


Luis de Armas has recently published a new species of the small buthid genus Microtityus Kjellesvig-Waering, 1966 from the British Virgin Islands.

Microtityus eustatia Armas, 2018

Abstract:
Microtityus (Parvabsonus) eustatia sp. n. is herein described from the British Virgin Islands (West Indies): Eustatia Island (type locality), Virgin Gorda Island, and Camanoe Island, based on seven specimens (three males and four females). The new species closely resembles M. waeringi Francke & Sissom, 1980 from St. John Island and St. Thomas Island, U.S. Virgin Islands, differing mainly by the fixed finger of pedipalp having ten rows of denticles (nine in M. waeringi) and more attenuated metasoma. Also, new localities are recorded for Heteronebo yntemai Francke & Sissom, 1980 (Scorpionidae) and Centruroides griseus (C. L. Koch, 1844) (Buthidae).

Reference:
de Armas LF. A New Species of Microtityus from the British Virgin Islands, West Indies, and New Localities for Other Scorpions (Scorpiones: Buthidae, Scorpionidae). Euscorpius. 2018(264):1-10.

Family Buthidae

30 July, 2018

Two new species of Hottentotta from Iran


Frantisek Kovarik and co-workers recently published an article describing two new species of Hottentotta Birula, 1908 (Buthidae) from Iran.

Hottentotta navidpouri Kovarik, Yagmur & Moradi, 2018

Hottentotta sistaensis Kovarik, Yagmur & Moradi, 2018

In addition, Hottentotta saulcyi (Simon, 1880) is redescribed.

Abstract:
Two new buthid species from Iran, Hottentotta navidpouri sp. n. (Hormozgan Province) and H. sistanensis sp. n. (Sistan and Baluchestan Province) are described, compared with H. saulcyi (Simon, 1880), and fully illustrated with color photos. The two new species differ from H. saulcyi mainly in shape of chela, which is strongly elongated in both new species.

Reference:
Kovarik F, Yagmur EA, Moradi M. Two New Hottentotta Species from Iran, with a Review of Hottentotta saulcyi (Scorpiones: Buthidae). Euscorpius. 2018(265):1-14. [Open Access]

Family Buthidae


A new species of Gint from Kenya


Frantisek Kovarik has described a new species of Gint Kovarik, Lowe, Pliskova & Stahlavsky, 2013 (Buthidae) from Kenya.

Gint childsi Kovarik, 2018

Abstract:
Gint childsi sp. n. from Kenya is described and compared with other species of the genus. Additional information is provided on the taxonomy and distribution of the genus Gint, fully complemented with color photos of preserved specimens of both sexes of the new species, as well as of their habitat.

Reference:
Kovarik F. A New Scorpion Species from Kenya, Gint childsi sp. n. (Scorpiones: Buthidae). Euscorpius. 2018(266):1-9. [Open Access]

Family Buthidae

06 July, 2018

A surprise from Crete - A second Mesobuthus species discovered


Mesobuthus gibbosus (Brulli, 1832) (Buthidae) has been well known from the Greek island Crete, but very recently Eric Ythier has published an article describing a second species from the Lassithi Plateau in Crete.

Mesobuthus gallianoi Ythier, 2018

Abstract:
A new species of scorpion belonging to the genus Mesobuthus Vachon, 1950 (family Buthidae C. L. Koch, 1837) is described on the basis of one specimen collected on the Lassithi Plateau, in Crete (Greece). The new species is characterised by a high number of rows of granules on mobile (14 rows) and fixed fingers (13 rows), lateromedian carinae vestigial on metasomal segment IV, an interspace between median carina and each paramedian carina 1.2-1.7 times as wide as the paramedian carina on tergites IV-VI, and a rather high pectinal tooth count with 26-27 teeth in female. This is the second species of the genus Mesobuthus reported from Crete.

Reference:
Ythier E. A new species of Mesobuthus Vachon, 1950 (Scorpiones: Buthidae) from Crete (Greece). Revista Iberica de Arachnologia. 2018(32):87-92.

Thanks to Eric for sending me his new article!

Family Buthidae