Bothriurus burmeisteri,

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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Bothriurus burmeisteri


Bothriurus burmeisteri  Fig. 3 C–EView Figure 3

Bothriurus burmeisteri  Kraepelin, 1894: 227-228, pl. III, fig. 104, 106

Current combination.

Bothriurus burmeisteri  Kraepelin, 1894.


♂ ( Fig. 3 C–EView Figure 3, ZMH-A0000901), Argentinien [Argentina], Hermann Burmeister leg., ded. 1891.


Subadult ♀, same data as holotype.


Weidner (1959) designated the holotype and paratype although there is no indication that the original description was based on the male rather than the female. Fixing a holotype after the original publication is not allowed. According to Article 73.1.3 of the Code (ICZN 2018) a holotype can only be designated in the original publication and by the original author. In case of a description based on more than one specimen, the Code recommends the designation of a lectotype (ICZN 2018: recommendation 73F). The adult male is therefore designated here as lectotype and the subadult female is the paralectotype.

Remarks on collector.

Karl Hermann Konrad Burmeister (1807-1892) was a professor of zoology at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg from 1837 to 1961 before he moved to Argentina and was appointed director of the National Museum in Buenos Aires. Before this appointment, he traveled to Uruguay and Argentina in late 1856 and returned with zoological collections to Germany ( Bragg 2007). The type specimens of B. burmeisteri  were probably collected during this expedition.