13 January, 2010

New Tityus from Puerto Rico

Rolando Teruel & Alejandro Sanchez have recently described a new Tityus species (Buthidae) from Puerto Rico:

Tityus riverai Teruel & Sanchez, 2009

A new species of the genus Tityus C. L. Koch 1836 is described, from a single locality on the north-eastern coast of Puerto Rico. The new species is the second member of the "crassimanus" group discovered on this island, and morphologically constitutes a peculiar case, because it is more closely related to the type-species of this group, Tityus crassimanus (Thorell 1876) (endemic to south-western Hispaniola), than to the only other previously known member from Puerto Rico, Tityus michelii Armas 1982.

Teruel R, Sanchez AJ. Una nueva especie de Tityus del grupo "crassimanus" (Scorpiones: Buthidae) de Puerto Rico. Boletin Sociedad Entomológica Aragonesa. 2009(45):329-33.

Thanks to Rolando for sending me the paper!

Family Buthidae

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