14 May, 2020

A new species of Euscorpius from caves in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina

Gioele Tropea and Roman Ozimec have recently published an article describing a new species of Euscorpius Thorell, 1876 (Euscirpiidae) found in more than 20 cave systems in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Euscorpius biokovensis Tropea & Ozimec, 2020

Ecological notes for the new species are presented and its cave preference is discussed.

Another new, subtroglophile scorpion species is described from Croatia, Euscorpius biokovensis sp. n. It is morphologically and ecologically similar to E. feti Tropea, 2013 but can be distinguished from the latter by a lower number of trichobothria (Pv = 8–9, with mostly 8, and usually et = 6) and pectinal teeth (usually Dp = 7 in males and 6 in females). The new species also has a more northern distribution although in some areas the two species overlap. E. biokovensis sp. n. has been found in more than 20 caves in Croatia, which makes it the most common Euscorpius species found in caves. It has also been found in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Ecological notes on this species are presented.

Tropea G, Ozimec R. Another new species of Euscorpius Thorell, 1876 from the caves of Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina (Scorpiones: Euscorpiidae), with notes on biogeography and cave ecology. Euscorpius. 2020(308):1-13. [Open Access]

Thanks to Gioele for sending me their article!

Family Euscorpiidae

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