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Scorpiops zhui sp. n., a new species of Scorpiops Peters, 1861 from Chongqing, China (Scorpiones: Scorpiopidae)

Key Laboratory of Zoological Systematics and Application of Hebei Province, College of Life Sciences, Hebei University, Baoding, Hebei 071002, China.
3 Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Sorbonne Universités, Institut de Systématique, Evolution, Biodiversité (ISYEB), UMR7205-CNRS, MNHN, UPMC, EPHE, CP 53, 57 rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France.
Key Laboratory of Zoological Systematics and Application of Hebei Province, College of Life Sciences, Hebei University, Baoding, Hebei 071002, China. 2 Institute of Life Sciences and Green Development, Hebei University, Baoding 071002, Hebei, China.
Scorpiones Scorpiops taxonomy


A new species of Scorpiops Peters, 1861 is described from Wuxi and Wushan County, Chongqing City, China. The new species is mainly characterized by a moderate size, in relation to the other species of genus, with dark reddish-brown to reddish-black coloration; 15–17 (usually 17) external trichobothria (5 eb, 1–2 esb, 1–2 em, 4 est, 4 et), 8–11 (usually 10) ventral trichobothria in the pedipalp patella and 4–5 (usually 5) ventral trichobothria on chela; pedipalp chela fingers are scalloped in males and nearly straight in females. With the present description the number of known species of Scorpiops recorded from China is raised to 33.



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