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Three new species of Olivierus (Scorpiones: Buthidae) from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

Department of Biological Sciences, Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia 25755-2510, USA.
P.O. Box 27, CZ - 145 01 Praha 45, Czech Republic.
Tissue and Organ Mechanobiology, Institute for Surgical Technology and Biomechanics, University of Bern, Stauffacherstrasse 78, CH-3014 Bern, Switzerland.
Department of Biology, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, Connecticut 06226, USA.
Scorpion Central Asia Scorpiones


Following Graham et al. (2019), the recently described desert species Olivierus gorelovi (Fet et al., 2018) from Central Asia is herein restricted to Turkmenistan and southern Uzbekistan. In this contribution, we described other populations formerly included in O. gorelovi as three new species: O. mikhailovi sp. n. (southern Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan), O. tarabaevi sp. n. (Kazakhstan) and O. voldemari sp. n. (Uzbekistan: Ferghana Valley).


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