15 December, 2010

First record of Orthochirus from Turkey

Ersen Yagmur has recently published a paper reporting the first occurrence of the genus Orthochirus Karsch, 1891 (Buthidae) from Turkey. The species found was O. zagrosensis Kovarik, 2004, which previously has been reported only from Iran.

The above raises the number of Turkish genera and species to 11 and 23.

This study reports the first record of a genus and a species for the Turkish scorpion fauna. The scorpion Orthochirus zagrosensis Kovařík, 2004 is recorded from Hakkari Province. Body measurements and geographical distribution of the species are provided.

Yagmur EA. First record of Orthochirus Karsch, 1891 (Scorpiones, Buthidae) from Turkey. Anadolu Doga Bilimleri Dergisi. 2010;1(1):15-9. [Free fulltext]

Thanks to Ersen for sending me this paper!

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