Three new species of Gint from Somaliland and a revision of the genus

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Frantisek Kovarik and co-workers have published a new article in their ongoing research on the scorpion fauna of the Horn of Africa. This time they have done a revision of the genus

Gint

Kovarik, Lowe, Pliskova & Stahlavsky, 2013 (Buthidae) and theree new species are described from Somaliland.



Gint amoudensis

Kovarik, Lowe, Just, Awale, Elmi & Stahlavsky, 2018



Gint gubanensis

Kovarik, Lowe, Just, Awale, Elmi & Stahlavsky, 2018



Gint maidensis

Kovarik, Lowe, Just, Awale, Elmi & Stahlavsky, 2018



Additional information is provided on the taxonomy and distribution of the other species in the genus. The following three species are declared

nomen dubium

because of insufficient descriptions and justifications:



Gint insolitus

(Borelli, 1925)


Gint marialuisae

Rossi, 2015


Gint monicae

Rossi, 2015



The three species are still listed in The Scorpion Files, but are labeled

nomen dubium

until future research clarify their status.



An identification key for the members of the genus is provided.



Abstract:

We describe herein three new species of Buthidae: Gint amoudensis sp. n., G. gubanensis sp. n., and G. maidensis sp. n. from Somaliland. Additional information is provided on the taxonomy and distribution of other species of the genus Gint, fully complemented with color photos of live and preserved specimens, as well as of their habitat. The hemispermatophores of most Gint species are illustrated and described for the first time. In addition to the analyses of external morphology and hemispermatophores, we also describe the karyotype of four Gint species. The number of chromosomes is different for every one of the analysed species (G. dabakalo 2n=23, G. gaitako 2n=30, G. amoudensis sp. n. 2n=35–36, and G. maidensis sp. n. 2n=34).



Reference:

Kovarik F, Lowe G, Just P, Awale AI, Elmi HSA, Stahlavsky F. Scorpions of the Horn of Africa (Arachnida: Scorpiones). Part XV. Review of the genus

Gint

Kovařík et al., 2013, with description of three new species from Somaliland (Scorpiones, Buthidae).

Euscorpius. 2018(259):1-41

. [Open Access]



Family Buthidae