10 July, 2012

A new Buthus from Egypt

As I have mentioned several times in this blog, the taxonomy and phylogeny of the genus Buthus Leach, 1815 (Buthidae) is a challenge, but fortunately there is an increasing research interest in this genus. Wilson Lourenco has now published a new species from Egypt.

Buthus egyptiensis Lourenco, 2012

During the last decade, the genus Buthus Leach, 1815 (family Buthidae) was the subject of several studies. These concerned in particular the ‘Buthus occitanus’ complex of species. Several populations previously considered as subspecies or varieties were raised to the rank of species and many new species were also described. Most of the species considered in these studies come from Northwest Africa. At present, therecords of the genus Buthus in Egypt from other regions than Sinai are questionable, but a new record from the region of Siwa is confirmed and the description of a new species, Buthus egyptiensis, is provided.

L ourenco, WR. (2012). A new species of Buthus Leach, 1815 from Egypt (Scorpiones, Buthidae). Entomol. Mott. Zool. Mus. Hamburg 16(187):11-18.

Thanks to professor Lourenco for sending me this paper!

Family Buthidae

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