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Revision and phylogenetic analysis of the scorpions of the genus Ananteris Thorell, 1891 (Arachnida: Scorpiones, Buthidae)

Grant number: 18/25337-1
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2019
Effective date (End): June 08, 2019
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal Investigator:Antonio Domingos Brescovit
Grantee:Andria de Paula Santos da Silva
Supervisor abroad: Lorenzo Prendini
Home Institution: Instituto Butantan. Secretaria da Saúde (São Paulo - Estado). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : American Museum of Natural History, United States  
Associated to the scholarship:16/22912-0 - Review and phylogenetic analysis of the scorpions of Ananteris genus Thorell, 1891 (Arachnida: Scorpiones, Buthidae), BP.DR

Abstract

Within the family Buthidae, the genus Ananteris Thorell, 1891 was originally proposed to accommodate the type species, Ananteris balzanii. It is distributed primarily in the Neotropical region, but due to a possible association with Old World other Buthidae genera it may show a Gondwanan pattern of distribution. The genus was taxonomically revised in 1982, and in recent years, many new species were described. Currently the genus includes 85 known species. Some of these descriptive studies contributed with new taxonomically useful morphological traits. Nevertheless, most were never included in any phylogenetic study and the monophyly and internal relationships of the genus remain unresolved. Thus, the aim of this study is to test monophyly of the genus Ananteris and propose a relationship hypothesis for its species based on the results of a cladistic analysis using morphological characters. (AU)