Thursday 21 May 2015

Scorpiops ingens: A new species of Scorpion from Tibet.

The Scorpion genus Scorpiops is a wide ranging and highly specious group of medium-sized, generally brown Scorpions. There are currently about a dozen species known from China, all of which are found in Tibet.

In a paper published in the journal ZooKeys on 8 April 2015, Shijin Yin of the College of pharmacy at South Central University for Nationalities, Yunfeng Zhang of the Department of Life Science at Tangshan Normal University, Zhaohui Pan of the Institute of Plateau Ecology at the Agriculture and Animal Husbandry College of Tibet University, Shaobin Li of the College of Life Sciences at Yangtze University and Zhiyong Di of the School of Life Sciences at the University of Science and Technology of China describe a new species of Scorpiops from Llasa in Tibet.

The new species is named Scorpiops ingens, which ‘refers to the size of the morphology’ of the species. It is described from four specimens, an adult male and female, an immature female and a juvenile male. The adult male is 74.6 mm in length, the female 75.9 mm (large for the genus). All the specimens are yellowish brown in colour.

Scorpiops ingens, male specimen in (1) dorsal and (2) lateral views, female specimen in (3) dorsal and (4) lateral views. Yin et al. (2015).

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