07 December, 2015

A new Buthus species from Algeria

Salah Eddine Sadine and co-workers have recently described a new species of Buthus Leach, 1815 (Buthidae) from Algeria.

Buthus saharicus Saddine, Bissati & Lourenco, 2015

Since the early 2000s, the genus Buthus Leach, 1815 (family Buthidae) has been the subject of an important number of studies. These concerned particularly the species belonging to the ‘Buthus occitanus’ complex. A number of populations previously considered as subspecies or varieties of B. occitanus Leach were raised to the rank of species, but also many new species have been described. Most of the species considered in these studies come from North Africa, in particular from Morocco, Mauritania, Chad, Sudan and Egypt, but only two new species were recorded from Algeria. At present, one more new species of Buthus is described from the Algerian Saharan Desert, raising the number of confirmed Buthus in Algeria to five. Since most Buthus species from North Africa, and in particular those from Algeria, inhabit more mesic environments than the Saharan Central compartment, the new species appears as the first true deserticolous species found in this country.

Sadine SE, Bissati S, Lourenco WR. The first true deserticolous species of Buthus Leach, 1815 from Algeria (Scorpiones: Buthidae); Ecological and biogeographic considerations. C R Biol. 2015 Nov 26. [Subscription required for full text]

Family Buthidae

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