14 April, 2015

A new species of Chaerilus from China

Shijin Yin and co-workers have recently described a new species of Chaerilus Simon, 1877 (Chaerilidae) from China.

Chaerilus pseudoconchiformus Yin, Qiu, Pan, Li & Di, 2015

The article has an identification key for the genus in China.

A new species, C. pseudoconchiformus sp. n., is described from Xizang, China. The new species is distinguished from its congeners by a body length of 32−40 mm, carapace with the anterior margin straight, chela with length/width ratio average of 3.3 in males (3.2−3.4, two adults), and 2.5 in females (2.3−2.6, nine adults), eight or nine (eight usually) rows of denticles on fixed and movable fingers of pedipalp chelae, five pectinal teeth in males and three or four in females. To date, the chaerilid species fauna of China consists of nine species. An updated identification key to Chaerilus from China is presented.

Yin S, Qiu Y, Pan Z, Li S, Di Z. Chaerilus pseudoconchiformus sp. n. and an updated key of the chaerilid scorpions from China (Scorpiones, Chaerilidae). ZooKeys. 2015;495:41-51. [Open Access]

Thanks to Gerard Dupre for sending me this article!

Family Chaerilidae

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