Entomological Contribution to the Biogeography of Taiwan

Entomological Contribution to the Biogeography of Taiwan

Sektion Hemiptera - Forschung

Cooperation of scientists from ZSM with colleagues from Taiwan

  • Project leader from Germany: Prof. Dr. Klaus Schönitzer, ZSM, Munich
  • Project leader from Taiwan: Prof. Jeng-Tze Yang, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung
  • NSC-DAAD Joint Reseach Collaboration
  • DAAD Projekt Nr. D/0039914, PPP-Taiwan
  • and other co-operations

Despite its relatively small size the island of Taiwan is of special interest for biogeographical investigations. The island stands between the faunal regions of the Orientalis and the Palaearctic. Although the island’s size is only about 36,000 km², it has 62 mountains with more than 3,000 m altitude (the highest mountain is almost 4,000 m high). Part of the fauna of Taiwan, is well-known and clearly resembles the fauna of Japan. The montane fauna, however, has not been fully investigated and there are quite many interesting species to discover. There are several examples of relations between the alpine fauna of Taiwan and central Asia.

Prof. Schönitzer in Taiwan

Within the cooperation quite some new species have been discovered and the cooperation was very fruitful for both sides. Taiwan scientists visited Germany and colleagues from ZSM visited Taiwan. Several lectures of Taiwanese colleagues in Germany and of German colleagues in Taiwan where hold, joint expeditions were performed, scientific meetings were organized and exhibitions were made.

Diptera in Taiwan

Report on the research on Diptera in Taiwan. This file by Wolfgang Schacht is a report on the state of the research, it was planned to be published. But unfortunately it could not be finished due to the sudden death of Wolfgang Schacht in 2011.

Memorandum of Understanding – enhanced cooperation planned

During the opening ceremony for a joint exhibition on “Singing Insects” in Feb. 2012 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Prof. Dr. Gerhard Haszprunar, direktor-general of SNSB (Staatliche Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayerns) and Prof. Wei-Hsin Sun, direktor-general of NMNS (National Museum of Natural ScienceTaichung). The two parties are going to cooperate furtheron in scientific projects and plan further joint exhibitions.

Signing the MoU

Annotated list of publications

Liu L.- Y. & K. Schönitzer (2011) Phylogenetic analysis of the family Bostrichidae auct. (Coleoptera) at suprageneric levels. Mitt. Münch. Ent. Ges. 101, 99-132Link to PDF

H. Doppler, S. Weidinger & M. Unsöld (2010): Vom Büffel zum Tiger, Holzschnitte zum Chinesischen Neujahr. Texte und Erklärungen zu einer Ausstellung in der ZSM. 23 p.

Explanations and zoological comments on the Chinese signs of the zodiak, on behalf of an exhibition on Taiwanese woodcuts in ZSM. See here for more information, and see for pictures:

Vom Büffel zum Tiger: Holzschnitte zum Chinesischen Neujahr

Liu, L.Y. (2010): Microstructural Characters of Lyctinae and Dinoderinae (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae). Psyche 2010, doi:10.1155/2010/607568. Entomological cooperation on the morphology of Bostrichidae, using SEM facilities in Munich and Taichung. Link to PDF

Schacht, W. (2010): Report on three collecting trips to Taiwan (Insecta: Diptera). Entomofauna, 31 (5), 33-48; Report on the cooperation

Schacht, W., U. Buchsbaum & M.-Y. Chen (2010): Räuberische Calliphoriden attakieren Termiten in Taiwan (Diptera: Calliphoridae / Isoptera: Termitidae). Entomofauna 31 (4), 25 – 32; Biological observations on feeding Calliphoridae in Taiwan

Schönitzer, K, M. Wolf & Lan-Yu Liu (2009) Energy Efficiency by Means of Architecture and Engeneering: The Bavarian State Collection of Zoology. Museology Quarterly (Taichung) 23, 23 – 42; Report on energy saving, joint report of partners from ZSM and Taiwan. Link to PDF

Liu, Lan-Yu (2009): Systematic study of Bostrichidae (Coleoptera) in family category. Taichung, 145 pp.; Doctoral thesis, supervised by Prof. Dr. Jeng-Tze Yang, Taichung, Taiwan, and Prof. K. Schönitzer, ZSM, Munich.

Liu, L-Y, 2009. Planning Exhibits for the Youth: Examining Three Temporary Exhibitions in München. Museology Quarterly 23(2): 61-72; (chinese). Report on exhibitions on Natural History in Munich for young people and in cooperation with them. Link to PDF

Yang, J.-T., Roan, J.-R. & Chi, K.-J. (2009) The notes of the lecture „Galapagos, Darwin and the Theory of Evolution”, Bimonthly of Physics 31 (5), 531-537, The Physical Society of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Report on a lecture of K. Schönitzer from ZSM in Taichung (chinese)Link to PDF

Chang, J.-C., Chu, J.-X., Chi, K.-I. & Yang, J.-T. (2009) The interview with Klaus Schönitzer from the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology – The conversation with the speaker of „Galapagos, Darwin and the Theory of Evolution”, Bimonthly of Physics 31 (5), 538-544; The Physical Society of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Interview of K. Schönitzer from ZSM (chinese)Link to PDF

Liu L.-Y., K. Schönitzer & J.-T. Yang (2009) Microstructural characters as a tool for taxonomy (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae: Minthea and Dinoderus). Nachr.Bl. Bayer. Ent. 58; 58-61; Investigation on the taxonomy of powder-post beetles, cooperation by colleagues from Taiwan and ZSM Link to PDF

Sung I-H., A. Dubitrzky, C. Eardley & S. Yamane (2009) Descriptions and biological notes of Ctenoplectra bees from Southeast Asia and Taiwan (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Ctenoplectrini) with a new species from North Borneo. Ent. Science 12; 324-340; Investigation on taxonomy and biology of the oil collecting bees Cetenoplectrini, cooperation by colleagues from Taiwan and ZSM

Dubitzky A, J.-T. Yang & K. Schönitzer (2008) Faunistic investigations on the bee fauna of Taiwan (Hymenoptera, Apoidea). Mitt. DgaaE 16; 105-108; Short publication with a list of the bee genera known from Taiwan

Liu L.-Y., K. Schönitzer & J.-T. Yang (2008) On the biology of Xylopsocus bicuspis Lesne, 1901 (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae). Mitt. Münch. Ent. Ges. 98; 5-12; An investigation on the biology of a powder-post beetle from Taiwan Link to PDF

Liu L.-Y., K. Schönitzer & J.-T. Yang (2008) A review of the literature on the life history of Bostrichidae (Coleoptera). Mitt. Münch. Ent. Ges. 98, 91-97; A review of literature published by colleagues from Taiwan and ZSM Link to PDF

Liu, L-Y, 2008. The possibility of the research and storage institute: Zoologisch Staatsammlung München. Museology Quarterly 22(2): 53-61; (chinese)Link to PDF

Dubitzky A., J.-T. Yang & K. Schönitzer (2007) Historical and recent investigations on the bee fauna of Taiwan (Hymenoptera, Apoidea). Chittagong International Biodiversity Conference 2007, Biodiversity Research Group of Bangladesh, Chittagong, pp 23. Abstract, poster

Dubitzky A., J.-T. Yang & K. Schönitzer (2007) Faunistic investigations on the bee fauna of Taiwan (Hymenoptera, Apoidea). Ber. nat.-med. Verein Innsbruck, Suppl. 17,45. Abstract, poster

Dubitzky, A. (2006): New palearctic species of the bee genus Andrena (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Andrenidae). Zootaxa 1284: 1-27; New species of sandbees: Andrena (Euandrena) yangi sp.n., A. (Habromelissa) nantouensis, sp.n., A.(Leucandrena) cheni sp.n., Hymenoptera, Andenidae

Dubitzky A., J.-T. Yang & K. Schönitzer (2006) The bee (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) fauna of Taiwan. Beitr. Hymenopt.-Tagung Stuttgart (2006); Identification key to the families and genera of bees in Taiwan.

Buchsbaum, U. (2006): Ergebnisse entomologischer Reisen nach Taiwan. Mitt. Thüringer Ent-Verband 13, 37-48. Record on the Lepidoptera investigations from ZSM

Chen, K.-M. (2006) Einblick in die Scarabeinae (Dung Beetles) Taiwans mit einem Abriss ihrer Forschungsgeschichte. Ergebnisse entomologischer Reisen nach Taiwan. Mitt. Thüringer Ent-Verband 13, 64-71. List of species of dung beetles from Taiwan with remarks on biology and distribution, with material collected in the course of the cooperation.

Rudzzinski, H.-G. (2005): Beiträge zur Trauermückenfauna Taiwans. Teil II: Gattungen Sciara, Schwenckfeldina, Trichosia, Leptosciarella, Baeosciara und Trichosillana gen nov. (Diptera Nematocera: Sciaridae). Entomofauna 26, 253-280; 16 new fly species from the following genera: Schwenckfeldina (2 new species), Trichosia (4 new species), Leptosciarella (7 new species), Baeosciara (3 new species) und Trichosillana (new genus with a new species). Faunistic records for Taiwan of four more species.

Dubitzky, A. (2005) Studies in phylogeny and biosystematics of bees: The bee genus Andrena (Andrenidae) and the tribe Anthophorini (Apidae) (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apoidea). Doctoral thesis, with much material on Taiwanese bees, supervised by: K. Schönitzer.

Buchsbaum, U. (2005): Ergebnisse entomologischer Reisen nach Taiwan. 85. Tagung Thüringer Entomologen und 5. gemeinsame Tagung mit der Münchener Entomologischen Gesellschaft, 29.4. – 1.5. in Kranichfeld; Kurzfassungen der Vorträge, S. 12-15; Report on the project and cooperation

Dubitzky, A. & M. Kuhlmann (2004): First record of the bee genus Colletes for Taiwan with description of a new species (Hymenoptera, Apoidea, Colletidae). Mitt. Mus. Nat.kd. Berl. Dt. entomol. Z. 51, 271-278. New bee species: Colletes taiwanensis sp. nov. Hymenoptera, Colletidae

MacGowan, I. (2004): A list of Lance flies from Taiwan with descriptions of new species (Diptera, Lonchaeidae). Entomofauna 25, 321-332; New fies: Loncaea formosa sp. n., L. macrocercosa sp. n., Silba flavitarsis sp. n., S. schachti sp. n., S. trigena, as well as faunistic of four further species, Diptera, Lonchaeidae.

Rudzzinski, H.-G. (2004): Beiträge zur Trauermückenfauna Taiwans. Teil I: Gattung Scatopsciaria Edwards, 1927 (Dipt. Nematocera: Sciaridae). Entomofauna 25, 21-40; New fies: Scatopsciara amplituda, S. glorificata, S. necopinata, S. philosopha, S. suprema, S. dispositata, 6 new spcies, 3 more species recorded for the first time from Taiwan. Checklist of Sciaridae from Taiwan.

Gusenleitner, J. (2003): Über Eumeniden aufgesammelt in der orientalischen Region (Hymenoptera: Vespoidea, Eumenidae). Linzer biol. Beitr. 35/2: 855-861; A new wasp, Stenodynerus incurvitus sp. n. Eumenidae, Hymenoptera

Schacht, W. & J.-T. Yang (2003): A case of erroneous cotype designations in an historic insect collection in Taiwan (Insecta). Entomofauna 24,201-206; Investigation of historic material which was considered as type material (Diptera).

Kornejev, V. A. (2002): New and little-known Eurasian Dithrycini (Diptera, Tephritidae). Vestnik zoologii, 36: 3-13; New fly species: Oedaspids schachti sp. nov. Diptera, Tephritidae

Buchsbaum, U. & M. A. Miller (2002): Leucoblepsis taiwanensis sp. nov., a new species of Drepanidae from Taiwan (Inseca: Lepidoptera). Formosan Entomol. 22, 101-114; New moth species: Leucoblepsis taiwanensis sp. nov Lepidoptera, Drepanidae

Diller, E. & Schönitzer, K. (2002): Beschreibung einer neuen Oronotus-Art aus Taiwan (Insecta, Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae, Ichneumoninae, Alomyini). Entomofauna 23, 301-308; New ichneumon fly species: Oronotus jengtzeyangi sp. nov. Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae Link to PDF

Dubitzky, A. (2002): A new sandbee from the mountain region of central Taiwan: Andrena taiwanella, spec. nov. (Insecta, Hymenoptera, Anrdrenidae). Spixiana 25, 69-77; New sand bee species: Andrena taiwanella, sp. nov. Hymenoptera, Anrdrenidae

Dubitzky, A. & S. Szczepanek (2002): Taiwan – Große Vielfalt kleiner Tiere. Naturfoto 33, 34-37; Popular scientific report on the cooperation with splendid pictures

Szczepanek, S. (2002): Auf Sauters Spuren. Taipeh heute. 15 (6), 54-57; Popular scientific report on the joint project

Werner, K. , K.-M. Chen, M.-M. Yang (2002): Contribution to the knowledge of the Tiger Beetles of Taiwan with notes to the species of Lanyu (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae). Coll. and Res. 15, 35-52; Faunistic records of Cicindelidae, collected during our cooperation.

Chen, Keh-Miin (2002): An introduction to Scarabeinae of the World. Taipeh: Maotouying Chubanshe. Monograph on Scarabeinae, with material cited, collected within our cooperation.

Kornejev, V. A. (2001): New records of oriental Ctenostylidae (Diptera Acalyptrata), with discussion of the position of the family. Vestnik zoologii, 35: 47-60; New records of flies and taxonomic revision.

Blank, S. M. (2001): Biosystematics of the extant Xyelidae with paritcular emphasis on the Old World taxa (Insecta : Hymenoptera). Diss. FU Berlin, 2002, 200 S. 120 Tafeln; Doctoral thesis with taxonomic revision of Xyela sinicola Maa, 1947 and X. exilicornis Maa, 1949 and its distribution (Insecta, Hymenoptera: Xyelidae).

Buchsbaum, U. (2001): DAAD-NSC Projekt “Entomological contribution to the biogeograpy of Taiwan”. ZSW News 1: 8-10; Report on the project

Schönitzer, K. & K.-M. Chen, (1997): Symposium über Natur- und Artenschutz in Taiwan und Ausstellung über Tiere in Zeichnungen und Papierfaltarbeiten. NachrBl. bayer. Ent. 46, 40-42; Report on meeting in ZSM on nature and species conservation in Taiwan

Diller, E., Kluge, A.-L., Schönitzer, K. (1996): Zur Verbreitung der Gattung Stenodontus Berthoumieu, 1896, nebst Beschreibung einer neuen Art. Spixiana Supp. 22, 15-22; New ichneumon fly species: Stenodontus regieri spec. nov., Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae

Sommerer, M. (1996): Sarcinodes yeni, spec. nov, eine neue Oenochromine von Taiwan. Spixiana Supp. 22, 23-28; New moth species: Sarcinodes yeni, spec. nov, Lepidoptera, Geometridae