02 March, 2010

Tityus mraceki synonymized with T. betschi

Some time ago, Wilson Lourenco published a paper discussing the taxonomic status of some of the Tityus species described from Colombia. One of the conclusions of the paper is the following synonymization:

Tityus mraceki Kovarik, 2007 is synonymized with T. betschi Lourenco, 1992 (Buthidae).

See abstract or paper for other results.

Considerations are proposed about the status of some Colombian species of the genus Tityus. Reanalysis of the characteristics of Tityus (Archaeotityus) betschi Lourenço, 1992 and of Tityus (Archaeotityus) mraceki KOVARIK, 2007 demonstrates that the second species represents only the male of T. (A.) betschi and, a new synonymy is proposed: T. (A.) mraceki as a junior synonym of T. (A.) betschi. Previous records of Tityus (Atreus) nematochirus Mello-Leitão, 1940 in Venezuela are attributed to misidentifications with Tityus (Atreus) meridanus González-Sponga, 1981; this last species being the only one of the group distributed in ‘Estado Merida’.

Lourenco WR. Nouvelles considerations sur le statut taxonomique de quelques especes du genre Tityus C. L. Koch, 1836 (Scorpiones, Buthidae) decrites de la Colombie. Acta Biologica Paranaense. 2008 January-December;37(1-4):195-209.

Family Buthidae

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