19 February, 2021

A new species of Iomachus from Mozambique


Wilson Lourenco has recently published a new species of Iomachus Pocock, 1893 (Hormuridae) from Mozambique. 

Iomachus ineichi Lourenco, 2020

Iomachus borana (Di Caporiacco, 1939) from Ethiopia is restored from synonymy with I. politus Pocock, 1896.

In addition, a new subgenus, Africanoiomachus Lourenco, 2020 is created for to accommodate the African members of the genus. 

The study of some new scorpion specimens belonging to the genus Iomachus Pocock, 1893, which will be deposited in the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle in Paris, leads to splitting it into two subgenera: Iomachus, comprising the Indian species, and Africanoiomachus subgen. n., created to accommodate the African species. A new species, presenting a distinct trichobothrial pattern, is also described from Mozambique and brings further elements to support the proposition of the new subgenus.

Lourenco WR. Nouvelles considérations taxonomiques sur le genre Iomachus Pocock, 1893 (Scorpiones: Hormuridae), et en particulier sur les espèces africaines. Revista Iberica de Arachnologia. 2020(37):205–11. [Subscription required for full text]

Thanks to Michiel Cozijn for helping me to get this article!

Family Hormuridae

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