09 April, 2013

A new Centruroides from Mexico

Jose Baldazo-Monsivaiz and co-workers have recently published a new species of Centruroides Marx, 1890 (Buthidae) from Mexico.

Centruroides villegasi Baldazo-Monsivaiz, Ponce-Saavedra & Flores-Moreno, 2013

The new species is considered medical important.

Centruroides villegasi sp. nov. from the municipality of Chilapa de Álvarez, Guerrero, Mexico is described. It is the nineth species of Centruroides reported for this state. The new species is compared with C. limpidus (Karsch, 1879) which is morphologically similar and inhabits the same geographic zone. The species C. balsasensis Ponce and Francke, 2004, C. meisei Hoffmann, 1938, and C. tecomanus Hoffmann, 1932 are also compared because they are found in Guerrero and belong to the “striped scorpions” group (sensu Hoffmann, 1932), and therefore they are morphologically similar to the new species. It is a species of medical importance that had not been collected or recognized previously. A list of species of scorpions recorded for the state of Guerrero is included after the revision and correction of historical records.

Baldazo-Monsivaiz JG, Ponce-Saavedra J, Flores-Moreno M. Una especie nueva de alacrán del género Centruroides de importancia médica (Scorpiones: Buthidae) del estado de Guerrero, México. Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad. 2013;84:100-16. [Full text not online yet, but may be freely available from this link later]

Thanks to Gerard Dupre for sending me this paper!

Family Buthidae

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