24 November, 2010

A new Chaerilus from Indonesia

Lourenco and Duhem are continuing their investigations into the Chaerilus fauna of Asia. In a recent paper they describe a new species from the island of Halmahera in Indonesia:

Chaerilus spinatus Lourenco & Duhem, 2010 (Chaerilidae)

A new species belonging to the genus Chaerilus Simon, 1877, Chaerilus spinatus sp. n. is described from the island of Halmahera, Indonesia. Chaerilus celebensis Pocock, 1894, originally described from Luwu, Celebes (Sulawesi) Island, is confirmed as a distinct species and as a possible endemic element to the Celebes. Two species of Chaerilus are at present known to Halmahera, the second one being Chaerilus telnovi Lourenco, 2009.

Lourenco WR, Duhem B. One more new species of Chaerilus Simon, 1877 (Scorpiones, Chaerilidae) from the island of Halmahera, Indonesia. Acta Arachnologica. 2010;59(1):25-30. [Free fultext]

Thanks to Gerard Dupre for sending me this paper!

Family Chaerilidae

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