New Orthochirus species from The Middle East


Frantisek Kovarik and co-workers have recently published a revision of the genus

Orthochirus

Karsch, 1891 (Buthidae) from Turkey, Iraq and Iran. Three new species are described and one species is elevated from subspecies status.



Orthochirus fomichevi

Kovarik, Yagmur, Fet & Hussen, 2019 (New species from Turkey & Iraq)



Orthochirus gantenbeini

Kovarik, Yagmur, Fet & Hussen, 2019 (New species from Iran)



Orthochirus navidpouri

Kovarik, Yagmur, Fet & Hussen, 2019 (New species from Iran)



Orthochirus mesopotamicus

Birula, 1918 (Elevated to species status. Previous status:

Orthochirus scrobiculosus mesopotamicus

Birula, 1918)



The article has an identification key for the species in the region.



Abstract:
Three new species, Orthochirus fomichevi sp. n. from Turkey and Iraq, O. gantenbeini sp. n. from Iran (Khoozestan Province), and O. navidpouri sp. n. from Iran (Khoozestan and Lorestan Provinces) are described, compared with other Orthochirus species from the region, and fully illustrated with color photos. Lectotype of O. mesopotamicus Birula, 1918 stat. n. from Iran (Khoozestan Province) is designated. Emended diagnoses are given for O. iranus Kovařík, 2004, O. iraqus Kovařík, 2004, O. mesopotamicus Birula, 1918 stat. n., and O. zagrosensis Kovařík, 2004. A key and a distribution map are included.

Reference:

Kovarik F, Yagmur EA, Fet V, Hussen FS. A review of

Orthochirus

from Turkey, Iraq, and Iran (Khoozestan, Ilam, and Lorestan Provinces), with descriptions of three new species (Scorpiones: Buthidae).

Euscorpius. 2019(278):1-31

. [Open Access]



Family Buthidae