13 September, 2016

A new species of Euscorpius from southern Turkey


Gioele Tropea and co-workers have described a new species of Euscorpius Thorell, 1876 (Euscorpiidae) from the Taurus Mountains in Antalya Province (Alanya District) in southern Turkey based on morphological and molecular evidence.

Euscorpius alanyaensis Tropea, Yagmur, Parmakelis & Kunt, 2016

The number of Euscorpius species described from Turkey is now 15.

Abstract:
A new scorpion species, Euscorpius alanyaensis sp. n., is described based on specimens collected from the Taurus Mountains in Antalya Province (Alanya District) in southern Turkey. It is a sibling species of the recently described E. gocmeni Tropea et al., 2014, and similarly, the new species is also characterized by a high trichobothrial count (Pv = 9–11, et = 7, em = 4, and eb = 4), a high pectinal teeth count (Dp = 9–11 in males, 8 in females), medium-small size, and light to medium brown reddish colour. In addition, for the first time a phylogenetic analysis (concatenated sequences of 16S rDNA and COI) is performed to reconstruct the relationships between E. gocmeni Tropea et al., 2014, E. koci Tropea et Yağmur, 2015, E. lycius Yağmur et al., 2013, E. avcii Tropea et al., 2012 from Turkey, and the new species herein described, E. alanyaensis sp. n.

Reference:
Tropea G, Yagmur EA, Parmakelis A, Kunt KB. Another New Species of Euscorpius Thorell, 1876 from the Taurus Mountains in Antalya Province, Southern Turkey (Scorpiones: Euscorpiidae). Euscorpius. 2016(231):1-15. [Open Access]

Family Euscorpiidae

2 comments:

Nina said...

How poisonous is it? Had one in my badroom last night...

Jan Ove Rein (editor) said...

Euscorpius scorpions are harmless to human and will usually not sting unless you crush them with your body in some way.