14 August, 2012

A new humiculous scorpion in the genus Ananteris from French Guiana

There are some very small scorpions dwelling in the humus layer in some areas with a very cryptozoic behavior. These are often called humiculous scorpions. Only a few species are known globally from Africa, Madagascar and tropical America. In a forthcoming paper Wilson Lourenco is describing a new species in the genus Ananteris Thorell, 1891 (Buthidae) from French Guiana.

Ananteris intermedia Lourenco, 2012

A new species of humicolous buthid scorpion is described on the basis of a single male specimen collected in a rainforest in French Guiana. The collection was performed by extraction with the use of Winkler methods. New considerations about the ecology and biogeography of micro-scorpions of the ‘Ananteris group’ (sensu subfamily Ananterinae Pocock, 1900), are proposed in relation to their possible evolution from endogeous to epygean environments.

Lourenço WR. Humiculous scorpions: On the genera Ananteris Thorell, 1891 and Microananteris Lourenço, 2004 (Scorpiones: Buthidae), with the description of a new species from French Guiana. Comptes Rendus Biologies. 2012;In Press.doi: 10.1016/j.crvi.2012.06.005 [Subscription required for full text]

Family Buthidae

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