15 March, 2012

A new checklist of Iranian scorpions

Omid Mirshamsi and co-workers published last fall a new checklist of the scorpion fauna of Iran.

An updated checklist of the scorpion fauna of Iran, as well as a brief history of taxonomic research on scorpions of Iran is presented. The checklist is based on records of scorpion species whose presence has been confirmed in Iran through field expeditions, examination of scorpion collections, literature review, and personal communications from researchers. The scorpion fauna consists of 51 species (30 endemic to Iran) belonging to 18 genera and four families.

Mirshamsi O, Sari A, Hosseinie S. History of study and checklist of the scorpion fauna (Arachnida: Scorpiones) of Iran. Progress in Biological Sciences. 2011;1(2):16-28. [Free fulltext]

Thanks to Gerard Dupre for sending me this paper!

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