14 November, 2016

A new species of Buthus from The Central African Republic

Wilson Lourenco has recently published a new species of Buthus Leach, 1815 (Buthidae) from The Central African Republic.

Buthus centroafricanus Lourenco, 2016

A new species belonging to the genus Buthus Leach (Scorpiones, Buthidae) is described from Woodland Savannah formations in Central African Republic. The new species can be included in the ‘Buthus occitanus complex’ of species, and probably can be associated with the ‘Buthus occitanus’ from French occidental Africa (AOF) previously reported by Vachon from this large region located southern of the Sahel. This is the first record of a Buthus species from Central African Republic, and the most southern one within the known distribution of the genus. With the description of Buthus centroafricanus sp. n., the status of one more population of Buthus spp. from the sub-saharan region of Africa is clarified.

Lourenco WR. A new species of the genus Buthus Leach, 1815 (Scorpiones: Buthidae) from dry forest formations in Central African Republic. Serket. 2016;15(2):71-9. [Open Access]

Thanks to editor Hisham El-Hennawy of Serket for sending me a link to the latest issue of the journal!

Family Buthidae

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