15 January, 2010

New Diplocentrus from Guatemala

Luise de Armas & Rony Trujillo have recently described a new Diplocentrus (Scorpionidae) from Guatemala:

Diplocentrus motagua Armas & Trujillo, 2009

Both sexes of a new species of the scorpion genus Diplocentrus Peters, 1861 (Scorpionidae: Diplocentrinae) is described from Zacapa Department, northeastern Guatemala. It is characterized by punctuation on the whole body, including appendages, a peculiarity shared with Diplocentrus melici Armas & Martín-Frías, 2004, from Veracruz state, Mexico, but it is smaller and has a lower pectinal tooth count, as well as a different tarsal ventral spine formula. A dichotomic key is provided for identification of the three Guatemalan species of the genus Diplocentrus.

de Armas LF, Trujillo RE. Nueva especie de Diplocentrus Peters, 1861 (Scorpiones: Scorpionidae) de Guatemala. Boletin Sociedad Entomológica Aragonesa. 2009(45):67-72.

Thanks to Rony Trujillo for sending me this paper!

Family Scorpionidae

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