15 April, 2015

A new species of Scorpiops from China

Shijin Yin and co-workers recently published an article with a new species of Scorpiops Peters, 1861 (Euscorpiidae) from China.

Scorpiops ingens Yin, Qiu, Pan, Li & Di, 2015

 The article also presents an updated identification key for the species.

A new species, Scorpiops ingens sp. n., from Xizang, is described and illustrated. Scorpiops ingens sp. n. is characterized by yellow-brown color, large size (length of adults above 70.0 mm), small and dense granules on tegument, a pair of small median eyes, 17 external trichobothria (5 eb, 2 esb, 2 em, 4 est, 4 et), and 7 or 8 (usually 7) ventral trichobothria in the pedipalp patella, chela with a length/width ratio average of 2.2 in males and females, pedipalp chela fingers on adult females and males scalloped, pectinal teeth count 6–8, pectinal fulcra absent. With the description of this new species, the number of known species of Scorpiops from China is raised to 12. An updated identification key to Scorpiops from China is presented.

Yin S, Zhang Y, Pan Z, Li S, Di Z. Scorpiops ingens sp. n. and an updated key to the Scorpiops from China (Scorpiones, Euscorpiidae, Scorpiopinae). ZooKeys. 2015;495:53-61. [Open Access]

Thanks to Gerard Dupre for sending me this article!

Family Euscorpiidae

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