07 June, 2010

Taxonomic news from the genus Centruroides

Rolando Teruel and Frantisek Kovarik have looked into the enigmatic species Centruroides subgranosus (kraepelin, 1898). After investigating the types, they conclude that C. subgranosus is a junior synonym of Centruroides vittatus (Say, 1821).

The taxonomical status of Centruroides suffus Pocock, 1902 is also discussed and it is concluded that this taxa should still have a species status.

The true identity of Centruroides subgranosus (Kraepelin, 1898) is established based on the examination of the type series. A lectotype and paralectotype are designated. A taxonomic discussion on C. vittatus (Say, 1821) and C. suffusus Pocock, 1902 is provided.

Teruel R, Kovarik F. The true identity of the enigmatic scorpion Centruroides subgranosus (Kraepelin, 1898), with some taxonomic comments on Centruroides vittatus (Say, 1821) and Centruroides suffusus Pocock, 1902 (Scorpiones: Buthidae). Euscorpius. 2010(97):1-9. [Free fulltext]

Family Buthidae

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