Vol. 61, 2022
Two New Pseudoscorpion Species
of the Coastal Genus Garypus
L. Koch, 1873 (Garypidae) and an Updated Checklist of the
Pseudoscorpiones of Taiwan
Hsiang-Yun Lin1, Jun-Xuan Huang2,
Hsi-Hsuan Liu3, and Chih-Han Chang4,5,*
of Life Science, National Taiwan Normal University, No. 88, Sec. 4,
Tingzhou Rd., Taipei City 116059, Taiwan. E-mail:
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (Lin)
2Department of Entomology, National Taiwan University,
No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Rd., Taipei City 106216, Taiwan. E-mail:
3Sacred Heart High School for Girls, No. 263, Sec. 1,
Longmi Rd., New Taipei City 24931, Taiwan. E-mail:
4Department of Life Science, National Taiwan
University, No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Rd., Taipei City 106216, Taiwan.
*Correspondence: E-mail: email@example.com or
5Institute of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
National Taiwan University, No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Rd., Taipei City
Received 4 March 2022 / Accepted 7
Communicated by Benny K.K. Chan
Pseudoscorpions are predatory
microarthropods feeding on even smaller animals, such as mites and
springtails. While these organisms are generally considered terrestrial
and live in the leaf litter or under barks or rocks, some
pseudoscorpions live in the intertidal area, including species in the
genera Anagarypus, Anchigarypus, and Garypus in the family Garypidae.
This study describes two new species of the genus Garypus L. Koch from
Southern Taiwan, Garypus wilsoni Lin & Chang sp. nov. and Garypus
sanasai Lin, Huang & Chang sp. nov., reviews the pseudoscorpion
fauna of Taiwan, and provides an updated checklist of the country.
Specimens of the two new species were collected in seashore habitats
and their status as new species were supported by both morphology and
molecular phylogenetic analysis. Our discovery marks the first new
species of pseudoscorpions ever reported in Taiwan since 1937, as well
as the first records of the family Garypidae in Taiwan and of Garypus
in East Asia. Moreover, the discovery of the two new species in Taiwan
fills the regional distribution gap between Garypus in Thailand and
southward and its closely related genus Anchigarypus in South Korea and
Japan. The location where Garypus sanasai Lin, Huang & Chang sp.
nov. was found also represents the northernmost distribution of the
genus Garypus in the West Pacific.
Key words: Pseudoscorpion, Garypus, New species, Taiwan, Checklist.
Citation: Lin HY, Huang JX, Liu HH, Chang
CH. 2022. Two new pseudoscorpion species of the coastal genus Garypus
L. Koch, 1873 (Garypidae) and an updated checklist of the
Pseudoscorpiones of Taiwan. Zool Stud 61:24.