Dr. Levente-Péter Kolcsár (JSPS postdoctoral fellow) went on a field collection trip to Hokkaido between 18-29 July.
Dr. Daichi Kato from Echigo-Matsunoyama Museum of Natural Science, Matsunoyama, Niigata Pref. also joined the field collection between 19-22 July.
Aims and preliminary results of the trip:
1. Collecting additional specimens from two species new to science, which first time collected during another field trip in Hokkaido, in 2019. Both new species are only known to be found in 2 locations in 2019. During a recent field trip the new species were also found in additional 5 localities.
2. Collecting rare or poorly known crane fly species for future taxonomic studies.
3. A general survey of Hokkaido’s crane fly fauna. Due to the special geographic position of Hokkaido Island we suspect the presence of several species which are known from continental Asia, North-America and Kuril Island, but not yet reported from Hokkaido.
In total dr. Kolcsár and dr. Kato collected around 1500 specimens from 30 collection sites.
Some poorly known species collected during the field trip.