Opisthacanthus transvaalicus ochripes,

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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Opisthacanthus transvaalicus ochripes


Opisthacanthus transvaalicus ochripes  Fig. 39View Figure 39

Opisthacanthus transvaalicus ochripes  Kraepelin, 1911: 82

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Opisthacanthus (Nepabellus) validus  Thorell, 1876 [synonymized by Lourenço 1987: 905]


( Fig. 39 A–CView Figure 39) ♂ ( ZMH-A0001097), [South Africa], Transvaal, 04.04.1909, Museum Amsterdam.


1 ♀ ( Fig. 39 D–EView Figure 39, ZMH-A0001096), 1 ♂, 2 subadult ♀, 1 juvenile, same data as lectotype.


A male from the syntype series is designated here as lectotype and the remaining specimens as paralectotypes. Opisthacanthus transvaalicus ochripes  and O. transvaalicus  Kraepelin, 1911 (see below) are currently considered junior synonyms of O. validus  . However, the morphology of chelal fingers in males (the length of fingers compare to the manus and the lobe and notch of the cutting edges) are markedly different in these two taxa (see Fig. 39CView Figure 39 and 41CView Figure 41), indicating that they should be considered as distinct species. Therefore at least one of these taxa should be separated from O. validus  , and possibly both. However, examination of the type specimens of O. validus  is necessary to unambiguously clarify the taxonomic status of O. transvaalicus  and O. transvaalicus ochripes  . For the time being, both taxa are left in the synonymy of O. validus  .