26 July, 2010

A new Buthacus from India

Amod Zambre and Wilson Lourenco have described a new species of Buthacus (Buthidae) from India.

Buthacus agarwali Zambre & Lourenco, 2010

This is the first record of Buthacus from India and the easternmost limit of the genus.

The species seems to be endemic to arid sand dunes. During day time, B. agarwali create shallow depressions in the sand where it lies with the body partly covered with sand.

The genus Buthacus Birula, 1908 is reported for the first time from the Republic of India and a new species described based on specimens collected in the Thar Desert in western India. This record represents the easternmost known area for the genus.

Zambre AM, Lourenco WR. A new species of Buthacus Birula, 1908 (Scorpiones, Buthidae) from India. Boletin de la SEA. 2010 (46):115-9.

Thanks to Amod Zambre for sending me this paper!

Family Buthidae

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