Hormurus papuanus,

Monod, Lionel, Duperre, Nadine & Harms, Danilo, 2019, An annotated catalogue of the scorpion types (Arachnida, Scorpiones) held in the Zoological Museum Hamburg. Part I: Parvorder Iurida Soleglad & Fet, 2003, Evolutionary Systematics 3 (2), pp. 109-200: 109

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Hormurus papuanus


Hormurus papuanus  Fig. 31View Figure 31

Hormurus papuanus  Kraepelin, 1914d: 333 [ Hormurus  ]

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Hormurus papuanus  Kraepelin, 1914


( Fig. 31 A–CView Figure 31) ♂, [Papua New Guinea], SW Küste New Pommern [SW coast of New Britain], Liebliche Inseln [Arawe Islands] [6°06 ’07” S, 148°59 ’53” E], 11-12.12.1908, 05.01.1909, 26-31.01.1909, (2 T. under Steinen [2 specimens under rocks], 2 T. in moderndem Holz [two specimens in decaying logs]), Georg Duncker leg. (S40), Hamburg Südsee Expedition.


1 ♂, 1 ♀ ( Fig. 31 D–FView Figure 31), 5 ♀ , 4 subadult ♂, 2 subadult ♀, 7 juveniles, same data as lectotype; 1 ♂, [Papua New Guinea], New Pommern [New Britain], Möre Hafen [Kandrian] [6°11 ‘24” S, 149°32 ‘51” E], Unterlauf des Wasserfall-Fl. [downstream of waterfall], 13-14.XII.1908, 20-24.II.1909, Georg Duncker leg. (334), Hamburg Südsee-Expedition.


Kraepelin mentioned in the original description 23 specimens from Neu Pommern and Neu Guinea. Among this material, two specimens from Finschafen (Papua New Guinea mainland) belong to a different undescribed species and are thus not considered type specimens of H. papuanus  . This new species will be described in a forthcoming paper about the genus Hormurus  in Papua New Guinea (Monod et al. in prep). An additional specimen from Aru Islands was also mentioned in the original description but it is not considered here as a type. The type locality of species H. papuanus  is thus restricted to the specimens collected on the SW coast of New Britain (Arawe Islands and Kandrian village).

Giltay (1931: 10) considered H. papuanus  as a subspecies of H. caudicula  , while L. E. Koch (1977: 173) regarded it as a junior synonym of Liocheles karschii  (Keyserling, 1885). Monod (2000: 113) revalidated the species and designated lectotype and paralectotypes from this series. A complete redescription will be provided in the publication mentionned above (Monod et al. in prep).

Remarks on collector.

(Paul) Georg (Egmont) Duncker (1870-1953) was a German zoologist and ichthyologist. He was employed by the Hamburg Zoological Museum in 1907 and became curator/professor in 1928. He was a member of the Hamburg Südsee-Expedition (1908-1910) in the Bismarck Archipelago and collected on behalf of the ZMH ( Thilenius 1914).