28 July, 2015

A new species of Hottentotta from India

Wilson Lourenco has recently published a paper on the buthid genus Hottentotta Birula, 1908, describing a new species from southern India.

Hottentotta reddyi Lourenco, 2015

The taxonomic position of Hottentotta and its relation to Mesobuthus Vachon, 1950 is discussed.

A new species of scorpion, Hottentotta reddyi sp. n. (Buthidae), is described. The type materials was collected Thorn Scrub vegetation formation, NW of Salem, in the state of Tamil Nadu, in the south of India. This new species may be the first official precise record of a Hottentotta species for this region of India. Some comments are also added about the characters used in the diagnosis of the genus Hottentotta, and their possible need for the definition of subgenera or, at least, groups of species.

Lourenco WR. New considerations on the genus Hottentotta Birula, 1908 (Scorpiones: Buthidae) with the description of one new species from the south of India. Arachnida - Rivista Aracnologica Italiana. 2015;1(2):37-49.

Thanks to professor Lourenco for sending me his article!

Family Buthidae

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