02 October, 2013

A new Buthus species from Libya

Buthus lourencoi Rossi, Tropea & Yagmur, 2013 is a new species from Libya presented in the journal Euscorpius.

Andrea Rossi and co-workers have described a new species of Buthus Leach, 1815 (Buthidae) from Libya.

Buthus lourencoi Rossi, Tropea & Yagmur, 2013

There is an identification key for the genus Buthus for part of North Africa in the paper.

Although Libya covers a very  wide territory in northern Africa, only two species of the genus  Buthus  have been  recorded from this country:  B. tunetanus  (Herbst, 1800) and  B. barcaeus  Birula, 1909. In the present study, a third  species,  Buthus lourencoi  sp. n., closely related to  Buthus egyptiensis  Lourenço et Cloudsley-Thompson 2012, is  described from west Libya, around the area of Tripoli. An identification key for the scorpions of the genus  Buthus (Leach, 1815) that occur in Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt is provided.

Rossi A, Tropea G, Yagmur EA. A New Species of Buthus Leach, 1815 from Libya (Scorpiones: Buthidae). Euscorpius. 2013 (167):1-10. [Free full text]

Thanks to Gioele Tropea for sending me the paper!

Family Buthidae

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