25 November, 2015

A new species of Auyantepuia from French Guiana

Eric Ythier has recently described a new species in the genus Auyantepuia Gonzalez-Sponga, 1978 (Chactidae) from French Guiana.

Auyantepuia laurae Ythier, 2015

The genus Auyantepuia was synonymized with other genera by Soleglad & Fet, 2005. Lourenço & Qi (2007) chose not to accept this synonymization, and described the new species in Auyantepuia in 2007. The same has been done in the present paper.The taxonomy of The Scorpion Files follows Soleglad & Fet (2005), but it is impossible for me to know where to put the new species. To solve this, I have reinstated Auyantepuia in The Scorpion Files for species described after the synonymization until a new revision on the family Chactidae is published.

A new species of scorpion belonging to the genus Auyantepuia González-Sponga, 1978 (family Chactidae Pocock, 1893) is described on the basis of three specimens collected in a rainforest formation located in Saut Sabbat, South of Mana, French Guiana. This is the tenth species of the Guiano-Amazonian genus Auyantepuia, and the fifth reported from French Guiana.

Ythier E. A new species of Auyantepuia González-Sponga, 1978 (Scorpiones, Chactidae) from French Guiana. ZooKeys. 2015;539:97-109. [Open Access]

Thanks to Eric Ythier for sending me his article!

Family Chactidae

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