31 July, 2012

A new Rhopalurus from eastern Cuba

Rolando Teruel and Luis de Armas have recently described a new species of Rhopalurus Thorell, 1876 (Buthidae) from the desert coast of eastern Cuba.

Rhopalurus aridicola Teruel & Armas, 2012

A identification key for species of Rhopalurus in Cuba is presented. The paper is in Spanish so this comment is based on the English abstract.

A new species of the genus Rhopalurus Thorell 1876 is described which is endemic to the desert coast of the easternmost tip of Cuba and exhibits a very interesting combination of characters, some of which are very peculiar. Also, some aspects of the geographical distribution, ecology, and biogeography of the Antillean representatives of Rhopalurus are briefly discussed; one of them is suggested to be an invalid taxon. With this new addition, the Antillean fauna of the genus is composed by 10 species: six in Cuba, three in Hispaniola, and one in Puerto Rico (Mona Island).

Teruel R, de Armas LF. Nueva especie de Rhopalurus Thorell, 1876 de Cuba Oriental, con algunas consideraciones sobre sos congeneres Antillanos (Scorpiones: Buthidae). Boletin de la SEA. 2012(50):209-17.

Thanks to Rolando for sending me this paper!

Family Buthidae

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