On the taxonomy of some Amazonian scorpions


Rolando Teruel and co-workers have recently published an article commenting on the taxonomy of some Amazonian buthids.

The adult adult male of Ananteris ashaninka Kovařík, Teruel, Lowe & Friedrich, 2015 is described for the first time.

The following species are restored to species status after having been synonymized by Lourenco, 2016:

Tityus carolineae Kovařík, Teruel, Cozijn & Seiter, 2013 (previously in synonymy with T. metuendus Pocock, 1897).

Tityus dillerorum Kovařík, Teruel, Lowe & Friedrich, 2015 (previously in synonymy with T. gasci Lourenço, 1982).

Tityus wachteli Kovařík, Teruel, Lowe & Friedrich, 2015 (previously in synonymy with T. silvestris Pocock, 1897).

The article also discuss the principles of taxonomical decisions that should be the basis of modern scorpion systematics.

Abstract:
We describe and illustrate in detail the previously unknown adult male of Ananteris ashaninka Kovařík, Teruel, Lowe et Friedrich, 2015, based upon a specimen recently captured at the type locality. In addition, the taxonomic status of three Amazonian species of the genus Tityus C. L. Koch, 1836, is reevaluated and all are restored from unjustified synonymies: Tityus carolineae Kovařík, Teruel, Cozijn et Seiter, 2013, Tityus dillerorum Kovařík, Teruel, Lowe et Friedrich, 2015, and Tityus wachteli Kovařík, Teruel, Lowe et Friedrich, 2015.

Reference:
Teruel R, Kovarik F, Lowe G, Friedrich S. Complements to the Taxonomy of Some Amazonian Scorpions (Scorpiones: Buthidae). Euscorpius. 2017(245):1-7. [Open Acess]

Family Buthidae