Scorpiops affinis,

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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Scorpiops affinis


Scorpiops affinis  Fig. 60 D–FView Figure 60

Scorpiops affinis  Krapelin, 1898a: 44

Current senior synonym.

Scorpiops hardwickii  (Gervais, 1843) [synonymized by Kovařík 2000: 174]


♂ ( ZMH-A0001203), Himalaya, Henri de Saussure ( MHNG) don., ded. 06.1896.


The specimen in the ZMH was designated as the lectotype by Kovařík (2000: 176). Kraepelin (1898a) apparently examined more than one specimen because he reported a number of pectinal teeth between five and seven, whereas the present male has six teeth on each pectine. In the absence of the other syntypes, we agree with Kovařík’s assessment.

Remarks on collector.

Adolphe (1829-1857), Hermann (1826-1882) and Robert Schlagintweit (1833-1885) were German explorers who regularly sent zoological specimens collected during their travels to Henri de Saussure (1829-1905). In 1854, the brotherhood was commissioned by the East India Company to organize a scientific expedition in their territory. For the next three years, they explored the Deccan, and then the Himalayas, Karakoram and Kuen-lun Mountains (Schalgintweit, Schlagintweit and Schlagintweit 1861). The present specimen was probably collected during this expedition.