Monday, January 22, 2018

[Arachnida • 2018] The Cave-dwelling False Scorpion Genus Pseudoblothrus Beier, 1931 (Pseudoscorpiones: Syarinidae) in the Crimean Peninsula

Pseudoblothrus roszkovskii  (Redikorzev, 1918)

in Kolesnikov & Turbanov, 2018.


Based on morphological and molecular studies of material from caves in three karst regions of Crimea, the small, apparently relictual, Euro-Mediterranean and Macaronesian false scorpion genus Pseudoblothrus Beier, 1931 is shown to contain only one troglobiont species there, P. roszkovskii (Redikorzev, 1918), of which P. ljovuschkini Krumpál, 1984 and Obisium tauricum Lebedev, 1927 are junior subjective synonyms. A detailed redescription of the adults and tritonymph of P. roszkovskii is provided, together with phylogenetic and zoogeographical analyses.

Keywords: Pseudoscorpiones, variation, taxonomy, phylogeny

Vasiliy Kolesnikov and Ilya Turbanov. 2018. The Cave-dwelling False Scorpion Genus Pseudoblothrus Beier, 1931 (Arachnida: Pseudoscorpiones: Syarinidae) in the Crimean Peninsula. Zootaxa. 4374(4); 524–544. DOI:  10.11646/zootaxa.4374.4.4

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