Pandinops Birula, 1913

Kovařík, František, Lowe, Graeme & Elmi, Hassan Sh Abdirahman, 2017, Scorpions of the Horn of Africa (Arachnida: Scorpiones). Part XIII. Review of Pandinops hawkeri, P. peeli, P. platycheles, and P. pugilator (Scorpionidae), Euscorpius 254, pp. 1-20 : 1-2

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Pandinops Birula, 1913


Pandinops Birula, 1913  

( Figs. 1–60, Table 1)

Pandinus (Pandinops) Birula, 1913: 419–422   , fig. b; Vachon, 1974: 921, 953, figs. 116–118; Fet, 2000: 469; Kovařík, 2009: 51–53, 115–118, figs. 294–298, 304–327.

TYPE SPECIES. Pandinus peeli Pocock, 1900     .

DIAGNOSIS. Total length 55–95 mm. External trichobothria on patella number 13–16 (5–6 eb, 2–4 esb, 2 em, 1–2 est, 3 et); ventral trichobothria on patella number 22–35; internal trichobothria on chela number 6–8; ventral trichobothria on chela number 9–13. Pedipalp chela manus lobiform. Movable fingers of pedipalp, length of segments of pedipalps, and telson without noticeable sexual dimorphism. Pectines with fulcra. Pectinal teeth number 11–21. Sternum sub- pentagonal, longer than wide. Carapace without distinct carinae. Dentate margin of pedipalp chela movable finger with distinct granules divided into 5–7 rows. Tergites I–VI of mesosoma bear one carina. Stridulation organ located on pedipalp coxae and first pair of legs, but can be reduced. Metasomal segments I–IV with paired parallel ventral median carinae or without carinae. Telson without subaculear tubercle. Legs with one pedal spur, retrolateral spur absent. Tarsomere I of legs. Spiniform macroseta pd, vt, rt, vst are present on legs I–IV, but pd can be replaced by seta as intraspecific variability; pst is present on legs III–IV; pt and vm are absent on all legs; rm is present on legs I–IV, but is often replaced by seta or spiniform seta. Tarsomere II of legs. Spiniform formula is 3/4: 3/4: 3/4-5: 3/4-5. Tarsomere II with 2 spines on inclined anteroventral surface, but a seta on leg III can be transformed to "spiniform seta" which indicates a poorly developed third spine as intraspecific variability.