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Three new Uroplectes (Scorpiones, Buthidae) with punctate metasomal segments from tropical central Africa. (American Museum novitates, no. 3840)

Show simple item record Prendini, Lorenzo. 2015-11-18T16:17:04Z 2015-11-18T16:17:04Z 2015-11-17
dc.description 32 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description.abstract The scorpion fauna of tropical central Africa is poorly known and may be more diverse than generally recognized. The present contribution describes three morphologically similar, and probably monophyletic species of Uroplectes Peters, 1861, which have gone undetected, despite being distributed across a large area, extending from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Uroplectes malawicus, sp. nov., and Uroplectes zambezicus, sp. nov., occurring south of Lake Malawi and in the Zambezi River Valley, respectively, appear to be sister species. Uroplectes katangensis, sp. nov., is based on a single female from the southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Based on their punctate metasomal segments, the new species appear to be most closely related to Uroplectes chubbi Hirst, 1911. The markedly concave, shagreened dorsomedian surfaces on metasomal segments I-IV resemble the stridulatory surfaces on the metasomal segments of most Parabuthus Pocock, 1890, and, together with the robust metasoma and worn tips of the aculeus observed in some specimens, suggest that these species may also be capable of stridulation. Based on examination of type material, the following synonyms were confirmed: Scorpiobuthus apatris Werner, 1939 = Uroplectes chubby Hirst, 1911; Uroplectes jutrzenkai Penther, 1900 = Uroplectes vittatus (Thorell, 1876). The following new synonyms are presented: Uroplectes andreae Pocock, 1899 = Uroplectes occidentalis Simon, 1876, new synonym; Uroplectes chubbi briodi Schenkel, 1932 = Uroplectes vittatus (Thorell, 1876), new synonym. Lectotypes are designated for U. chubbi and U. jutrzenkai. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Museum of Natural History. en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates;no.3840
dc.subject Uroplectes malawicus. en_US
dc.subject Uroplectes zambezicus. en_US
dc.subject Uroplectes katangensis. en_US
dc.subject Uroplectes. en_US
dc.subject Buthidae. en_US
dc.subject Scorpions. en_US
dc.subject Africa, Sub-Saharan. en_US
dc.title Three new Uroplectes (Scorpiones, Buthidae) with punctate metasomal segments from tropical central Africa. (American Museum novitates, no. 3840) en_US
dc.title.alternative New Uroplectes (Scorpiones, Buthidae). en_US

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    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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