Lourenço W.R. 2013. Scorpions from the rainforest canopy of Laos, with the description of a new species of Lychas C.L. Koch, 1845 (Scorpiones: Buthidae) // Arthropoda Selecta. Vol.22. No.1: 33–40 [in English].

Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Département Systématique et Evolution, UMR7205, CP 053, 57 rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France. E-mail: arachne@mnhn.fr

Key Words: scorpion, Buthidae, Lychas, new species, Laos, rainforest, canopy.

Abstract. A new species, Lychas aberlenci sp.n., is described from the rainforest canopy of Khammouane Province in Laos. The new species is characterized by a moderate size as compared to the congeners, the total length of the male measuring 49.8 mm. The coloration is pale yellowish to reddish-yellow with a conspicuous, inverted triangular, blackish spot at the anterior margin of the carapace. The pectines are with 29–30 teeth in the male, the highest number so far observed in a Lychas species; fulcra are present, being conspicuous. With the description of L. aberlenci sp.n., the number of known Lychas species in Laos is increased to three.

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