18 May, 2022

Three new species of Euscorpius from Italy


Gioele Tropea and Aristeidis Parmakelis have done an analysis of the different populations in Italy and France beloning to the species Euscorpius concinnus (C. L. Koch, 1837) (Euscorpiidae). The study resulted in three new species from Italy:

Euscorpius latinus Tropea & Parmakelis, 2022

Euscorpius stefaniae Tropea & Parmakelis, 2022

Euscorpius trejaensis Tropea & Parmakelis, 2022

Euscorpius concinnus (C. L. Koch, 1837) is now considered endemic for Italy.

 In addition, Euscorpius niciensis (C.L. Koch, 1841) is elevated to species status from subspecies status as E. capathicus niciensis. This species occurs both in France and Italy.

In the present work, several scorpion populations assigned to Euscorpius concinnus (C.L. Koch, 1837) and Euscorpius carpathicus niciensis (C.L. Koch, 1841) are reconsidered on a phylogenetic, morphological, and geographical basis. Three new species are described, E. latinus sp. nov., E. stefaniae sp. nov., and E. trejaensis sp. nov., while E. niciensis stat. nov. is elevated to species status. Ecological and biogeographical data are provided for the revised taxa. Following these taxonomic changes, the number of species comprising the subfamily Euscorpiinae has increased to 90. The scorpion species present in Italy increased to 27, with one species belonging to the family Buthidae, one species to Belisariidae, and 25 species to Euscorpiidae.

Tropea G, Parmakelis A. Reconsideration of some populations of Euscorpius concinnus complex (Scorpiones, Euscorpiidae). ZooKeys. 2022(1100):117-64. [Subscription required for full text]

Thanks to Gioele for sending me their article!

Family Euscorpiidae

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