08 April, 2022

A new species of Buthacus from Jordan


Bassam Abu Afifeh and co-workers have recently described a new species of Buthacus Birula, 1908 (Buthidae) from Jordan.

Buthacus bicolor Afifeh, Al-Saraireh, Baker, Amr & Lourenço, 2022

The distribution of the genus is also discussed. 

The genus Buthacus Birula, 1908 (family Buthidae) has been the subject of an impressive number of studies in the past 25 years. Most of the species considered in these studies come from North Africa, in particular from countries such as Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania. Nevertheless, species were also described from the near and far Middle East. In this contribution we start the study of all the Buthacus populations present in Jordan which will be based on a precise survey of different biotopes in the country. A new species is described from the desert areas of Al- Qattafi. This preliminary study, which will be followed by others, seems to suggest the presence of microendemic populations in limited geographical zones of the desert.

Afifeh BA, Al-Saraireh M, Baker MA, Amr Z, Lourenco WR. The genus Buthacus Birula, 1908 in Jordan: description of a new species and comments on possible micro-endemic populations (Scorpiones: Buthidae). Arthropoda Selecta. 2022;31(1):51-62. [Open Access]

Thanks to Nicolas Machiavel for sending me this article!

Family Buthidae

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