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