01 July, 2016

A new species of Buthus from Algeria

Wilson Lourenco and Salah Eddine Sadine have recently described a new species of Buthus Leach, 1815 (Buthidae) from the Batna Mountains, northern Algeria.

Buthus aures Lourenco & Sadine, 2016

Since the early 2000s, the genus Buthus Leach, 1815 (Buthidae) has been the subject of an important number of studies, involving in particular the species of the ‘Buthus occitanus’ complex. A number of populations previously considered as subspecies or varieties of Buthus occitanus Leach, 1815 have been 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, Libya and Egypt, but only three of them have been recorded from Algeria. One more new species of Buthus is here described from the Algerian mountains, raising the number of confirmed Buthus in Algeria to six.

Lourenco WR, Sadine SE. One more new species of Buthus Leach, 1815 from Algeria (Scorpiones: Buthidae). Revista Iberica de Arachnologia. 2016(28):13-7. [Subscription required for full text]

Family Buthidae

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