10 June, 2010

A new Pseudouroplectes from Madagascar

The rare, soil-dwelling Pseudouroplectes (Buthidae) are endemic to Madagascar. Wilson Lourenco and Eric Ythier have now discovered a new species that is described in a recent paper:

Pseudouroplectes lalyae Lourenco & Ythier, 2010

A new species of the endemic Malagasy genus Pseudouroplectes Lourenço, 1995 (family Buthidae) is described from spiny forests of the southwestern portion of the island. The holotype was obtained in the forests of Ifaty, north of Toliara. With the description of this species, the distributional pattern of this genus is confined to dry forest formations in the south and southwest. A key is proposed to the known species.

Lourenco WR, Ythier E. Another new species of Pseudouroplectes Lourenco, 1995 from Madagascar (Scorpiones, Buthidae). ZooKeys. 2010;48:1-9. [Free fulltext]

Thanks to Eric Ythier for sending me this paper!

Family Buthidae

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