24 June, 2013

A new species of Buthus from Algeria

Wilson Lourenco has recently described a new species of Buthus Leach, 1815 (Buthidae) from Algeria.

Buthus pusillus Lourenco, 2013

During the last 12 years, the genus Buthus Leach, 1815 (family Buthidae) was the subject of an impressive number of studies. These concerned particularly the species belonging to the ‘Buthus occitanus’ complex. A number of populations previously considered as subspecies or varieties of Buthus occitanus Leach were raised to the rank of species, but also many new species were described. Most of the species considered in these studies come from North Africa, in particular from Morocco, Mauritania, Tunisia and Egypt, but only one new species was recorded from Algeria. At present, one more new species of Buthus, B. pusillus sp. n., is described from the Algerian Atlas Mountains, raising the number of confirmed Buthus in Algeria to four.

Lourenco WR. A new species of Buthus Leach, 1815 from Algeria (Scorpiones, Buthidae). Entomologische Mitteilungen aus dem Zoologischen Museum Hamburg. 2013;16(189):63-8.

Thanks to Professor Lourenco for sending me his paper!

Family Buthidae

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