Orthochirus fuscipes (Pocock, 1900)

Kovařík, Baloorthochirus becvari & 1996, 2004, Revision and taxonomic position of genera Afghanorthochirus Lourenço & Vachon, Baloorthochirus Kova ík, Butheolus Simon, Nanobuthus Pocock, Orthochiroides Kova ík, Pakistanorthochirus Lourenço, and Asian Orthochirus Karsch, with descriptions of twelve new species (Scorpiones, Buthidae), Euscorpius 16, pp. 1-33 : 11

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Orthochirus fuscipes (Pocock, 1900)


Orthochirus fuscipes (Pocock, 1900)

Butheolus melanurus fuscipes Pocock, 1900: 29 ; Kraepelin, 1913: 131.

Orthochirus scrobiculosus fuscipes: Birula, 1917: 241 .

Orthochirus fuscipes: Vachon, 1949: 139 (1952: 225); Vachon, 1959: 166; Pérez Minnocci, 1974: 28; Fet & Lowe, 2000: 195; Capes & Fet, 2001: 303.

? Orthochirus scrobiculosus melanurus: Levy & Amitai 1980: 94 .

TYPE LOCALITY AND TYPE REPOSITORY. Northern Baluchistan, now Pakistan ;? BMNH.

MATERIAL EXAMINED. India, Barmer, Thar Desert , VIII.1955, leg. P.S. Nachar, 1♂ 3♀ 1juv. A, CASC . Iran, Kuh-e-Bazman , about 40 km N of Bazman by road, 28°12’603”N, 60°07’616”E, alt. 1212m, 9.4.2000, 1juv. A, leg. J. Šobotník, FKCP ; S of Espake , 26°48’463”N, 60°10’206”E, alt. 2477 ft., 10.4.2000, 1♂ 1juv. A, leg. J. Šobotník, FKCP ; 10 km S of Firuz Abad , 28°55’892”N, 52°31’770”E, alt. 1412 m, 20.- 21.4.2000, 1juv. A, leg. J. Šobotník, FKCP . Pakistan, Tatta Dist , 1 mi NW Kalri, 17.I.1959, leg. S. Minton, 3♂ 3♀ 1juv. A, CASC ; Las Bela Dist , 7 mi NW Uthal, 2.I.1960, leg. S. Minton, 1♂ 5♀ A, CASC ; Las Bela Dist, 7 mi A Diwana , 21.II.1960, leg. S. Minton, 1♀ A, CASC ; 7 mi NW Karachi , 20.XII.1958, leg. S. Minton, 2♂ 3♀ A, CASC ; 1,75 mi NW Karachi, Airport , 4.I.1959, leg. S. Minton, 1M 1juv. A, CASC ; 2.II.1959, leg. S. Minton, 1F, CASC ; SE Balochistan, Khurkhra , 38 km S Uthal, 1♂ 1♀ E 1♀ A, 24.IV.1993, leg. S. Bečvář, FKCP .

DIAGNOSIS: Fourth and fifth metasomal segments ventrally without carinae and deeply punctate, dorsally weakly punctate only on margins and lacking punctae on smooth median surface. Medial area of fifth metasomal segment may be in part granulated. Spaces among punctae smooth, dorsally as well as ventrally without granules. Entire metasoma glabrous (very short, thin setae may issue from punctae). Mesosoma and metasoma dark brown to black, first two metasomal segments may be more lightly colored. Legs and pedipalps predominantly yellow, femur grayish green or black, patella grayish yellow or yellow. Movable fingers of pedipalps bear 8 or 9 rows of granules with internal and external granules and 2 to 4 distal granules. Tarsus of first to third legs with bristlecombs usually composed of 8 or less bristles, tarsus of fourth leg without bristlecombs. Pectinal teeth number 21-24 in males and 19-22 in females.

COMMENTS. The type, purportedly at BMNH, cannot be found. The above diagnosis is based on FKCP specimens and published information. Examination of CASC specimens reveals that the dorsal medial area of the fifth metasomal segment may bear several granules, usually not as closely spaced as in O. iranus sp. n.

DISTRIBUTION. Iran (first record), India (first record), Pakistan (Pocock, 1900: 29).














Orthochirus fuscipes (Pocock, 1900)

Kovařík, Baloorthochirus becvari & 1996 2004

Orthochirus scrobiculosus fuscipes:

BIRULA 1917: 241