04 June, 2020

A new species of Tityus from Suriname

Eric Ythier and co-workers have recently published an article on the scorpion fauna of Suriname and described one new species in the genus Tityus C. L. Koch, 1836 (Buthidae).

Tityus kukututee Ythier, Chevalier & Gangadin, 2020

Try to say "kukututee" fast three times! ;)  It means "scorpion" in Ndyuka tongo, one of the Bushinengue (or Maroon) creole languages spoken in eastern Suriname.

A new species of scorpion belonging to the genus Tityus C. L. Koch, 1836, subgenus Archaeotityus Lourenço, 2006 (family Buthidae C. L. Koch, 1837) is described on the basis of material collected in a sandy dry forest formation located in Pierre Kondre, near Carolina, Para District, Suriname. Some comments are also addressed on the related species Tityus clathratus C. L. Koch, 1845 and Tityus mana Lourenço, 2012 and new locality records are provided for T. mana.

Ythier E, Chevalier J, Gangadin A. Description of Tityus (Archaeotityus) kukututee sp. n. from Suriname, with comments on related species (Scorpiones: Buthidae). Arachnida - Rivista Aracnologica Italiana. 2020;VI(XXVII):36-51.

Thanks to Eric for sending me their article!

Family Buthidae

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