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A new high-elevation scorpion species of the genusScorpiopsPeters, 1861 (Scorpiones: Euscorpiidae: Scorpiopinae) from the Himalayas, India

Authors
Journal
Comptes Rendus Biologies
1631-0691
Publisher
Elsevier
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.crvi.2014.04.004
Keywords
  • Scorpion
  • Scorpiops
  • Himalaya
  • New Species
  • India
  • Euscorpidae

Abstract

Abstract A new high-elevation scorpion species of the genus Scorpiops is described from the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Scorpiops spitiensis sp. nov. is the second highest-elevation scorpion species in Asia and the first one from India occurring at elevations above 4200m. The new species closely resembles Scorpiops petersii, but it can be distinguished from it based on a suit of characters, one of which is the presence of 16 trichobothria on the external aspect of the patella, which is unique to the new species.

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