16 October, 2013

A new species of Euscorpius from Greece

Euscorpius erymanthius is a new species from Peloponnese in Greece published in the last issue of the journal Euscorpius.

The work uncovering the scorpion secrets of Europe is still going on. Yet another previously "hidden" species of Euscorpius Thorell, 1876 (Euscorpiidae) from Greece has recently been described.

Euscorpius erymanthius Tropea, Fet, Parmakelis, Kotsakiozi & Stathi, 2013

With the new species the total number of Euscorpius species in Greece is 11.

A new scorpion species, Euscorpius (Euscorpius) erymanthius sp. n., is described from Peloponnese, Greece (Erymanthos Mts.), based on genetic and morphological evidence. It is characterized by small size, light brown to reddish color, and a standard trichobothrial pattern (Pv = 8–9, et = 7–6, em = 4 and eb = 4). In a phylogeny based on multiple DNA markers, the new species groups close with E. corcyraeus Tropea et Rossi, 2012 from Corfu (Kerkyra) Island.

Tropea G, Fet V, Parmakelis A, Kotsakiozi P, Stathi I. A new species of Euscorpius Thorell, 1876 from Peloponnese, Greece (Scorpiones: Euscorpiidae). Euscorpius. 2013 (169):1-11. [Free full text]

Thanks to Gioele Tropea for sending me his paper!

Family Euscorpiidae

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