| FIRST RECORD FOR THE GENUS MESOBUTHUS VACHON, 1950 IN ISRAEL: MESOBUTHUS NIGROCINCTUS (EHRENBERG, 1828), N. COMB.(SCORPIONES: BUTHIDAE) FROM MT. HERMON |
VICTOR FET A1, BRENT E. HENDRIXSON A2, W. DAVID SISSOM A2, GERSHOM LEVY A3
A1 Department of Biological Sciences, Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia 25755-2510, USA
A2 Department of Life, Earth, and Environmental Sciences, West Texas A&M; University, Canyon, Texas 79016, USA
A3 Department of Evolution, Systematics and Ecology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem 91904, Israel
The first record for the genus Mesobuthus in Israel is herein reported based onadult specimens of Mesobuthus nigrocinctus (Ehrenberg, 1828), n. comb.(Scorpiones, Buthidae) from Mt. Hermon, the southernmost ridge of the Anti-Lebanon range. This species was originally described from a juvenile specimen from Lebanon, and for a long time was considered a synonym of M. gibbosus (Brullé, 1832). The species is redescribed, illustrated, and compared to M. gibbosus, its closest relative. Some comments on the fauna of Mt.Hermon are included.
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