New species of cannibal scorpions – Bangalore Mirror

By Deepthi Sanjiv, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | December 9, 2015

TOP: The new species, Chiromachetes sahyadriensis; BELOW: (from left) Rajesh V Sanap, Zeeshan A Mirza and Amod M Zambre

Three researchers from Maharashtra working in Bengaluru have described a new species of scorpion from the Western Ghats

During a field study for the Indian tarantula project supported by the Rufford Foundation and Department of Science and Technology, three scientists Zeeshan A Mirza and Rajesh V Sanap from the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru and Amod M Zambre from the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru have described a new species of hormurid scorpion from the Western Ghats of India.

A new species of the enigmatic genus Chiromachetes Pocock was spotted in Nov 2013, but the research paper was published in Euscorpius — Occasional Publications in Scorpiology on Tuesday.
The new species, Chiromachetes sahyadriensis is named after Sahyadri Hills synonymous to the Western Ghats. Speaking to Bangalore Mirror, Zeeshan Mirza said, “It is certain that these scorpions are found in three districts of Maharashtra – Thane, Pune and Raigad. These scorpions are flat and are found under the rock along the stream bed. When we surveyed burrows, we found remains of scorpion exoskeleton (outer covering) and were wondering who would have eaten the scorpions. It is not uncommon for scorpions to eat their kind but here nearly all the burrows that we checked had remains of the same species, said Rajesh Sanap. When two individuals were kept together, the big scorpion ate the smaller one.

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