27 May, 2013

Scorpions from Xizang, China and a redescription of Scorpiops jendeki

Zhiyong Di and co-workers have recently published a paper describing the scorpion fauna of Xizang in China. This is one of the most scorpion-rich regions in China and a key to the species in the region is presented.

A redescription of Scorpiops jendeki Kovarik, 2000 (Euscorpiidae) is also presented.

Until now, there are 26 scorpion species of 7 genera of 5 families recorded in Xizang (China). Xizang Autonomous Region (Tibet) is the scorpion biodiversity richest area in China (53 scorpion species of 12 genera of 5 families), also the highest altitude habitat of scorpions in the world. We present information of type specimens, an identification key of the scorpion species from Xizang, the distribution, updated feature pictures, and discussion on the disputed species. The redescriptions of Scorpiops jendeki Kovařík, 2000 (Yunnan) and S. tibetanus Hirst, 1911 (Xizang), comments and feature figures of species of genus Scorpiops are provided for identification.

Di Z, Xu X, Cao Z, Wu Y, Li W. Notes on the scorpions (Arachnida, Scorpiones) from Xizang with the redescription of Scorpiops jendeki Kovařík, 2000 (Scorpiones, Euscorpiidae) from Yunnan (China). ZooKeys. 2013;301:51-99. [Free full text]

Thanks to Gerard Dupre for sending me this paper!

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