Title

Pseudoscorpions of the family Feaellidae (Pseudoscorpiones:Feaelloidea) from the Pilbara region of Western Australia show extreme short-range endemism

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

CSIRO

School

School of Science

RAS ID

24433

Comments

Originally published as: Harvey, M. S., Abrams, K. M., Beavis, A. S., Hillyer, M. J., & Huey, J. A. (2016). Pseudoscorpions of the family Feaellidae (Pseudoscorpiones: Feaelloidea) from the Pilbara region of Western Australia show extreme short-range endemism. Invertebrate Systematics, 30(5), 491-508. Available here.

Abstract

The phylogenetic relationships of the Australian species of Feaellidae are assessed with a molecular analysis using mitochondrial (CO1) and nuclear (ITS2) data. These results confirm the morphological analysis that three previously undescribed species occur in the Pilbara bioregion, which are named and described: Feaella (Tetrafeaella) callani, sp. Nov., F. (T.) linetteae, sp. Nov. and F. (T.) tealei, sp. Nov. The males of these three species, as well as males of F. anderseni Harvey and other unnamed species from the Kimberley region of north-Western Australia, have a pair of enlarged, thick-walled bursa that are not found in other feaellids. Despite numerous environmental impact surveys for short-range endemic invertebrates in the Pilbara, very few specimens have been collected, presumably due to their relictual distributions, restricted habitat preferences and low densities.

DOI

10.1071/IS16013

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