16 March, 2021

A new species of the rare genus Birulatus from Jordan


Wilson Lourenco and a group of Jordanian co-workers have recently described a new species of Birulatus Vachon, 1974 (Buthidae) from Jordan.

Birulatus jordanensis Lourenço, Al-Saraireh, Afifeh, Baker, Bader-Katbeh & Amr, 2021

New insights are proposed on the taxonomy of the enigmatic genus Birulatus Vachon, 1974. For the first time, one male of the type species Birulatus haasi Vachon, 1974, is diagnosed and illustrated, confirming the patterns of some characters such as the trichobothriotaxy. One new species, Birulatus jordanensis n. sp., is also described based on two female specimens collected from a mostly arid and rocky site located nearby an intermediate region (within the Irano-Turanian biogeographic zone) located between the East Mediterranean Mountains and the Jordan Valley. The species of the genus Birulatus remain rarely collected and their total number is now raised to four.

Lourenco WR, Al-Saraireh M, Afifeh BA, Baker MA, Bader-Katbeh A, Amr Z. New insights on the taxonomy of the genus Birulatus Vachon, 1974, and description of a new remarkable species from Jordan (Scorpiones, Buthidae). Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France. 2021;126(1):123-32. [Subscription required for full text]

Thanks to Hisham K. El-Hennawy and Jeroen Kooijman for sending me this article!

Family Buthidae

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