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A new lithophilic Compsobuthus Vachon, 1949 (Scorpiones: Buthidae) from Northern Oman

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Author(s): Lowe, Graeme

Journal: Euscorpius
ISSN 1536-9307

Volume: ;
Issue: 90;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: scorpions | fauna | Oman | Buthidae | new species | Compsobuthus

ABSTRACT
A new species of Compsobuthus is described from the Al Hajar mountains of northern Oman. It is distinguished by a strongly dorsoventrally compressed body, reduced carination on the carapace and tergites, extreme elongation of legs and pedipalps, lack of external accessory denticles on the pedipalp fingers, chelal trichobothrium est placed closer to dt than db, heavy setation on the ventral metasoma, and 28–34 pectine teeth. It is an ultralithophilic scorpion, highly adapted to life in narrow rock fissures.
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