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Systematic Revision of the Andean Scorpion Genus Orobothriurus Maury: 1976 (Bothriuridae), with Discussion of the Altitude Record for Scorpions

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Series: Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH Bulletins) Volume: 359

By: Jose A Ochoa (Author), Andres Andrés Ojanguren Affilastro (Author), Camilo I Mattoni (Author), Lorenzo Prendini (Author)

American Museum of Natural History

Paperback | Jan 2011 | #208254
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The systematics of the Andean scorpion genus, Orobothriurus Maury, 1976 (Bothriuridae Simon, 1880), is revised. New locality records, obtained during recent field expeditions, distribution maps, and a key to identification of the 15 known species, are provided. Six new species are described: Orobothriurus calchaqui, n. sp., from northwestern Argentina; Orobothriurus compagnuccii, n. sp., from the central Andes of Argentina; Orobothriurus huascaran, n. sp., from central Peru; Orobothriurus quewerukana, n. sp., from southern Peru and northern Chile; Orobothriurus ramirezi, n. sp., from central Chile; and Orobothriurus tamarugal, n. sp., from northern Chile. The known distribution of Orobothriurus and the altitude record for scorpions are discussed. The world's altitude record for a scorpion, previously reported as 5550 m, is demonstrated to be 4910 m.


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