26 August, 2009

A new Androctonus from Togo - Corrections

On a few occations I blog information before I have read the whole article (based on the abstract available), and sometimes this is not a smart thing to do.

Early in August, I blogged the news about a new Androctonus from Togo based on the abstract. The problem is that I missed the new species (which wasn't named in the abstract) and only told about a revalidation of another species which was also a part on the paper. I big thanks to Laszlo Pudleiner for letting me know about this mistake.

So here is a complete informationreview of the Lourenco paper:

Wilson Lourenco has described a new species of Androctonus from Togo:

Androctonus togolensis Lourenco, 2008 (Buthidae)

This species is only known from savannah-like formations in the north of Togo.

In the same paper, Lourenco also revalidate Prionurus eburneus Pallary, 1928, which was previously synonymised with Androctonus amoreuxi (Audouin, 1826). Valid name is now:

Androctonus eburneus (Pallary, 1928) (Buthidae)

A new species of scorpion belonging to the genus Androctonus Ehrenberg, 1828 (the family Buthidae C. L. Koch, 1837), is described on the basis of a large series of specimens collected in the savannah-like formations in the North of Togo. The new species is characterized by yellowish to pale yellow coloration and a moderate size in relation to other species of the genus. The species Androctonus eburneus (= Prionurus eburneus Pallary, 1928), previously synonymised to Androctonus amoreuxi (Audouin, 1826), is revalidated.

Lourenco WR. A new species of Androctonus Ehrenberg, 1828 from Togo (Scorpiones, Buthidae). Entomol Mitt Zool Mus Hamburg. 2008 Oct 1;15 (179):37-44.

Family Buthidae

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