18 March, 2010

A new Euscorpiops from China

The scorpion fauna of China is increasing. Sun & Zhu have now described a new species of Euscorpiops (Euscorpiidae) from China:

Euscorpiops xui Sun & Zhu, 2010

A new species of the genus Euscorpiops Vachon, 1980 is described, based on specimens collected from Menglian County, Yunnan Province, China. It is characterized by the following characters: (1) pectinal teeth number 7–7 in females and 8–8 in males; (2) cheliceral movable finger with 6–7 basal teeth on ventral edge; (3) chela ratio of length to width over 3.5 in females and over 4.1 in males; (4) a slight lobe on movable finger and corresponding notch on fixed finger in both males and females, with no marked sexual dimorphism; (5) patella with 19 external trichobothria (6eb, 2esb, 2em, 4est, 5et), and with 10 ventral trichobothria. With the species described in the present publication, the number of known species of Euscorpiops is raised to 17.

Sun D, Zhu M-S. One new species of scorpion belonging to the genus Euscorpiops Vachon, 1980 from Yunan, China (Scorpiones: Euscorpiidae, Scorpiopinae). Zootaxa. 2010(2399):61-8. [Subscription required for fulltext]

Thanks to Jean-Michel Pacaud for sending me this paper!

Family Euscorpiidae

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