31 July, 2012

Redescription of the common Cuban scorpion Rhopalurus junceus

A redescription of the common Cuban scorpion Rhopalurus junceus (Herbst, 1800) (Buthidae) has recently been published by Rolando Teruel and Luis de Armas. The paper has many color pictures. The paper is in Spanish so this comment is based on the English abstract.

Rhopalurus junceus (Herbst 1800) is redescribed, with the designation of a neotype and the emendation of the type locality of this scorpion, which is endemic from Cuba and widely distributed over most of the archipelago. Also, a detailed study is presented on its morphometric, chromatic, morphological, and meristic variability, as well as its complete postembryonic development (using the direct method), and also abundant information is given on its ecology.

Teruel R, de Armas LF. Redescripcion de Rhopalurus junceus (Herbst 1800) (Scorpiones: Buthidae). Boletin de la SEA. 2012(50):153-74.

Thanks to Rolando for sending me this paper!

Family Buthidae

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