10 June, 2014

A new species of Androctonus from Tunisia

Rolando Teruel and Frantisek Kovarik have described a new species of Androctonus Ehrenberg, 1828 (Buthidae) from Tunisia.

Androctonus turieli Teruel & Kovarik, 2014

Androctonus bicolor Ehrenberg, 1828 is redescribed. This widespread species reported from Africa and the Middle East need further investigations to establish its real distribution and to see if there are hidden species within these populations.

We redescribe Androctonus bicolor Ehrenberg, 1828, a scorpion species widely distributed across northeast Africa and the Middle East, on the basis of the study of nine original syntypes and supplementary material from its entire distribution area. In order to stabilize nomenclature, we also designate a lectotype, update its diagnosis according to modern standards, and provide a full illustrated complement to facilitate the recognition of this species as compared to all of its congeners. Also, a new, closely related species from eastern Tunisia is described.

Teruel R, Kovarik F. Redescription of Androctonus bicolor Ehrenberg, 1828, and Description of Androctonus turieli sp. n. from Tunisia (Scorpiones: Buthidae). Euscorpius. 2014 (186):1-15. [Free full text]

Family Buthidae

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