29 January, 2014

A new species of Chactas from Ecuador

Wilson Lourenco has discovered a new species of Chactas from Ecuador.
Wilson Lourenco has recently described a new species of Chactas Gervais, 1844 (Chactidae) from Ecuador.

Chactas moreti Lourenco, 2014

A new species, Chactas moreti sp. n., is described from Ecuadorian Amazonia. It can be distinguished from  Chactas mahnerti Lourenço, 1995, the other known species of this genus from Ecuador by its smaller body  size, distinct morphometric values, overall darker blackish-brown coloration, totally smooth vesicle, and  a concave anterior margin of carapace. This is the second confirmed record of the genus Chactas Gervais  from Ecuador. The geographical pattern of distribution of the genus is also discussed.

Lourenco WR. The second confirmed record of the scorpion genus Chactas Gervais, 1844 (Scorpiones, Chactidae) from Ecuador with description of a new species from the Amazonian Province of Sucumbíos. ZooKeys. 2014;372:17-26. [Free full text]

Thanks to professor Lourenco for sending me his article!

Family Chactidae

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