07 January, 2014

Rhopalurus caribensis back from synonymy

Rhopalurus caribensis is back again as valid species. Picture from Teruel & Roncallo, 2008 (C).
In 2012, Eudardo Florez published an article synonymizing Rhopalurus caribensis Teruel & Roncallo, 2008 (Buthidae) with Rhopalurus laticauda Thorell, 1876. This decision is now refuted in an unusual detailed way by Teruel & Roncallo. The latter authors show in their research note inadequacies, misidentifications and erroneously interpreted data in the Florenz paper. From this it can only be concluded at the synonymization of R. caribensis is not confirmed and this species should still be considered as valid.

No abstract available.

Teruel R, Roncallo CA. Is Rhopalurus caribensis Teruel & Roncallo, 2008, actually a junior synonym of Rhopalurus laticauda Thorell, 1876 (Scorpiones: Buthidae)? A necessary reply. Revista Iberica de Arachnologia. 2013 (23):112-4.

Thanks to Dr. Rolando Teruel for sending me this article!

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