18 January, 2012

A new sub-fossil scorpion species from Malagasy copal

Wilson Lourenco and Hans Henderickx have recently described a new sub-fossil scorpion in the family Buthidae from copal found in Madagascar.

Palaeogrosphus jacquesi Lourenco & Henderickx, 2012

Palaeogrosphus jacquesi sp. n., the third known sub-fossil scorpion from Malagasy copal, is described. This is the fourth record of a sub-fossil scorpion in copal. The copal specimen was collected in the mines of the region of Sambava, Province of Antsiranana in the northeast of Madagascar. It belongs to the genus Palaeogrosphus Lourenço, 2000, described from Madagascar, and now represented by two sub-fossil species.

Lourenco WR, Henderickx H. Another new sub-fossil species of scorpion of the genus Palaeogrophus Lourenco, 2000 from Malagasy copal (Scorpiones: Buthidae). Euscorpius. 2012(137):1-4. [Free fulltext]

Please note that this species will not be listed in The Scorpion Files as I only list extant species.

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