Brachistosternus cepedai (Scorpiones: Bothriuridae), the first scorpion to be designated as an endangered species in the Atacama Desert: Reasons and impacts

  • Jaime Pizarro-Araya Departamento de Biología, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de La Serena, La Serena, Chile.
  • Andrés Ojanguren-Affilastro Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales “Bernardino Rivadavia”, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Keywords: Atacama, Brachistosternus, conservation, coastal desert, Scorpiones

Abstract

We analyze the reasons for considering Brachistosternus cepedai (Scorpiones: Bothriuridae), the first scorpion to be included in a conservation category in the Atacama Desert. We also discuss the systematic position and restricted distribution of B. cepedai, as well as potential threats and conservation measures for this species, which is endemic to a reduced area of the Chilean coastal desert.

Published
2018-06-30
Section
Original Articles