13 October, 2020

A new species of Scorpiops from China

 Zhiyoung Di and Sha Qiao have recently published a new species of Scorpiops Peters, 1861 (Euscorpiidae) from China. 

Scorpiops songi Di & Qiao, 2020

The article also has an identification key for all Scorpiops species found in China.

A new species, Scorpiops songi sp.n., from Xizang (China), is described and illustrated. It is characterized by light yellow brown color in living individuals, large size (length of adult male about 72.0 mm), small and dense granules on integument, a pair of small median eyes (diameter< 0.5 mm), 17 trichobothria (5 eb, 2 esb, 2 em, 4 est, 4 et) on the external surface of pedipalp patella and 7 or 8 trichobothria on the ventral surface of pedipalp patella, chela with a length/ width ratio about 2.4 in one adult male and average of 2.8 in two immature females, pedipalp chela fingers on adult females and males scalloped, pectinal teeth count 7 in five males and 6 in three females, pectinal fulcra vestigial. The number of known species of Scorpiops from China is raised to 16, is more than half of the known species (29) in the world.

Di Z, Qiao S. Scorpiops songi sp.n. and key to species of Scorpiops from China (Scorpiones: Scorpiopidae). Arthropoda Selecta. 2020;29:316-24. [Open Access]

Thanks to  Zhiyoung Di and Gerard Dupre for sending me this article!

Family Euscorpiidae


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