19 February, 2016

Two new species in the "micro-scorpion" genus Chaneke from Mexico

Very small scorpion species are often informally referred to as "micro-scorpions". Many of these species have been hidden previously because of their size and habitat (e.g. leaf litter). Modern sampling techniques using UV-light have revealed many of these small and rare species in the last years.

Frantisek Kovarik and co-workers have recently described two new species in the "micro-scorpion" genus Chaneke Francke, Teruel & Santibanez-Lopez, 2014 (Buthidae) from Mexico.

Chaneke baldazoi Kovarik, Teruel & Lowe, 2016

Chaneke hofereki Kovarik, Teruel & Lowe, 2016

Herein we describe two new species of the recently discovered buthid scorpion genus Chaneke Francke, Teruel et Santibáñez-López, 2014. Both are from Oaxaca State in southern Mexico: Chaneke hofereki sp. n. based upon adults of both sexes from a single coastal locality, and Chaneke baldazoi sp. n. based upon adult females and juveniles from a mountain site in the Sierra Madre. Additional information is given on their taxonomy, distribution, ecology, and reproductive biology, fully complemented with color photos of live and preserved specimens, and their habitat.

Kovarik F, Teruel R, Lowe G. Two New Scorpions of the Genus Chaneke Francke, Teruel et Santibáñez-López, 2014 (Scorpiones: Buthidae) from Southern Mexico. Euscorpius. 2016 (218):1-20. [Open Access]

Family Buthidae

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