Well, after a busy year with lots of changes, I neglected to notice a new species of scorpion from the Upper Rio Negro region of the Brazilian Amazon with a brilliant name… Tityus grahami! Yup, my generous colleague Dr. Wilson Lourenço named the species after me for my “enthusiastic interest in the study of scorpions.” The paper was published in 2012 (citation & link below), but I had not been following the South American literature and only recently discovered the paper.
Tityus is a diverse genus distributed throughout most of South America, part of Central America, and the West Indies. At least 10 of the more than 200 species are considered dangerously venomous. I owe many thanks to Dr. Lourenço for this honor, as well as for providing the picture of the T. grahami holotype on the right.
Citation: Lourenco, W.R. 2012. Further considerations on Tityus (Archaeotityus) clathratus C. L. Koch, 1844 and description of two associated new species (Scorpiones, Buthidae). Boletin de la SEA, 50:277–283.