04 March, 2015

A new species of Scorpiops from Vietnam

Wilson Lourenco and Dinh-Sac Pham have described a new species of Scorpiops Peters, 1861 (Euscorpiidae) collected in a limestone formation covered by rainforest, in the extreme north of Vietnam.

Scorpiops dentidactylus Lourenco & Pham, 2015

A new subgenus, Vietscorpiops Lourneco & Pham, 2015, is also presented in the paper.

Scorpiops (Vietscorpiops) dentidactylus subgen. n. et sp. n., belonging to the family Euscorpiidae Laurie, 1896, is described on the basis of single male collected in Dien Bien Province, Muong Nhe District, Nam Vi Commune, in a limestone formation covered by rainforest, in the extreme North of Vietnam. The new subgenus is characterized by the presence of only two lateral eyes represented by lenses and a strong, peculiar apophysis on the internal face of the chelal movable finger. This new scorpion taxon may represent yet another endemic element in the fauna of Southeast Asia, mainly Vietnam and Laos.

Lourenco WR, Pham DS. An interesting new subgenus of Scorpiops Peters, 1861 from North Vietnam (Scorpiones: Euscorpiidae: Scorpiopinae). Comptes Rendus Biologies. 2015 Mar;338(3):212-7. [Subscription required for full text]

Thanks to Professor Lourenco for sending me this article!

Family Euscorpiidae

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