Zoological Studies

Vol. 60, 2021

(update: 2021.02.05; 04.06)

Checklist of Pseudoscorpions (Arachnida, Pseudoscorpiones) of Albania

Martina Červená1,§,*, Giulio Gardini2, Daniel Jablonski1, and Jana Christophoryová1,§,*


1Department of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University, Mlynská dolina, Ilkovičova 6, SK-842 15 Bratislava 4, Slovakia. *Co-correspondence: E-mails: martinacervena.lr@gmail.com (Červená); christophoryova@gmail.com (Christophoryová).
E-mail: daniel.jablonski@balcanica.cz (Jablonski)
2Via Monte Corno 12/1, I-16166 Genova, Italy. E-mail: giuliogardini@libero.it (Gardini)

§MČ and JC contributed equally to this work.
Received 8 July 2020 / Accepted 26 January 2021
Communicated by Benny K.K. Chan

A checklist is presented comprising 42 species in 21 genera and 10 families of the arachnid order Pseudoscorpiones from Albania. Two taxa are identified only to the genus level – Neobisium Chamberlin, 1930 and Roncus L. Koch, 1873. The checklist was constructed according to available published data, material deposited in the Natural History Museum in Vienna and newly collected material. Individual families contained the following numbers of species: Chthoniidae (8), Neobisiidae (13), Garypinidae (1), Geogarypidae (2), Olpiidae (1), Cheiridiidae (1), Atemnidae (1), Cheliferidae (7), Chernetidae (7) and Withiidae (1). Sixteen species and four families (Garypinidae, Cheiridiidae, Atemnidae, Withiidae) are recorded for the first time in Albania – Chthonius jonicus Beier, 1931, C. rhodochelatus Hadži, 1933, C. tenuis L. Koch, 1873, Ephippiochthonius serbicus (Hadži, 1937), E. tuberculatus (Hadži, 1937), Amblyolpium dollfusi Simon, 1898, Geogarypus italicus Gardini, Galli and Zinni, 2017, Apocheiridium ferum (Simon, 1879), Atemnus syriacus (Beier, 1955), Beierochelifer peloponnesiacus (Beier, 1929),
Hysterochelifer cyprius (Beier, 1929), H. meridianus (L. Koch, 1873), Rhacochelifer peculiaris (L. Koch, 1873), Dinocheirus panzeri (C.L. Koch, 1837), Lamprochernes chyzeri (Tömösváry, 1883) and Withius piger (Simon, 1878). Moreover, A. dollfusi and G. italicus are newly recorded from the Balkans. Data on European distribution, habitat preferences and taxonomic considerations are reported. The Albanian
pseudoscorpion fauna is compared with that of other Balkan countries.

Key words: Balkans, Distribution, Diversity, New records, Southeast Europe.

Citation: Červená M, Gardini G, Jablonski D, Christophoryová J. 2021. Checklist of pseudoscorpions (Arachnida, Pseudoscorpiones) of Albania. Zool Stud 60:17. doi:10.6620/ZS.2021.60-17.