Wednesday, December 20, 2017

[Arachnida • 2017] Liocheles schalleri • A New Species of Liocheles Sundevall, 1833 (Hormuridae) from northeast India

Liocheles schalleri  Mirza, 2017


Scorpions of the genus Liocheles Sundevall, 1833 are widespread in forests of the Indo-Pacific region; however, its species diversity is poorly resolved. A new species of the genus Liocheles is herein described from northeast India after examination of freshly collected specimens and available museum material. The new species, Liocheles schalleri sp. nov., occurs in the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot, a region that has been poorly explored for its arachnid diversity.

Keywords: Scorpion, taxonomy, Arachnida, invertebrate, northeast India, biodiversity hotspot

FIGURE 4. Liocheles schalleri sp. nov. showing coloration in life (A) holotype male NCBS AG817, (B) paratype female NCBS AG818. Photo by Rajesh Sanap.

Liocheles schalleri sp. nov.

Etymology: The specific epithet is a patronym honoring Wildlife Biologist Dr. George Beals Schaller of the Wildlife Conservation Society and Panthera, for his contribution to conservation of wildlife.

Liocheles nigripes Pocock, 1897;
 female NCBS AG814 from central India in life.

Zeeshan A. Mirza. 2017. Description of A New Species of Liocheles Sundevall, 1833 (Hormuridae) from India. Zootaxa. 4365(2); 217–230.  DOI:  10.11646/zootaxa.4365.2.6

4 specimens of species were collected from Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary in Tripura - Bangalore Mirror via @bangaloremirror

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