Updated on 2023/11/21


KANAO Taisuke

Research Areas

  • Life Science / Biodiversity and systematics

Graduating School

  • Hiroshima University, Faculty of General Science

    2010.03, Graduated

Graduate School

  • Kyushu University, Graduate School, Division of Bioresources

    Doctor's Course, 2015.03, Completed

External Career

  • Kyushu University, JSPS Research fellow (DC2), 2013.04 - 2015.03

  • Kyoto University, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow (PD), 2015.04 - 2018.03

  • Osaka Prefecture University, Part-time Lecturer, 2017.04 - 2017.09

  • Kyoto University, Part-time Lecturer, 2017.10 - 2018.03

  • OIST, Postdoctoral Scholar, 2018.04 - 2020.03

  • Yamagata University, Assistant Professor, 2020.04 -

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Academic Society Affiliations








  • Termite nest evolution fostered social parasitism by termitophilous rove beetles., Evolution; international journal of organic evolution, 2022.03

    Mizumoto N, Bourguignon T, Kanao T

    Multiple Authorship (Only Japanese)

  • Systematics of rove beetles (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae) associated with Hodotermopsis sjostedti (Isoptera: Termopsidae), ENTOMOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 17(4) 409-424, 2014.10

    Taisuke Kanao, Munetoshi Maruyama, Ryutaro Iwata

    Multiple Authorship (Only Japanese)

  • Neoisoptera repeatedly colonised Madagascar after the Middle Miocene climatic optimum, Ecography, 2023.04

    Wang M, Hellemans S, Buček A, Kanao T, Arora J, Clitheroe C, Rafanomezantsoa J, Fisher B, Scheffrahn R, Sillam-Dussès D, Roisin Y, Šobotník J, Bourguignon T

    Multiple Authorship (Including Foreigners)

  • The First Record of Termitophilous Trichopsenius (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) from a Nest of Reticulitermes flaviceps (Blattodea, Rhinotermitidae) in Yonaguni-jima Island, Elytra, New Series, 11(2) 315-316, 2021.12

    KONISHI Takao, KANAO Taisuke

    Multiple Authorship (Only Japanese)

  • Discovery of termitophilous rove beetles associated with Formosan subterranean termite Coptotermes formosanus in Taiwan, with the first larval description for the tribe Termitohospitini (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae), Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae, 60(1) 77-87, 2020.02

    Wei-Ren Liang, Minetoshi Maruyama, Taisuke Kanao, Ryûtarô Iwata, Hou-Feng Li

    Multiple Authorship (Including Foreigners)

  • A New Species of the Termitophilous Genus Trichopsenius Horn, 1877 (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Aleocharinae) from Morocco, Elytra, 9(2) 297-303, 2019.12

    Taisuke Kanao, Munetoshi Maruyama

    Multiple Authorship (Only Japanese)

  • New Distributional Records of Two Termitophilous Rove Beetles (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) in Japan, Elytra, 9(1) 39-40, 2019.06

    Taisuke Kanao, Ryutaro Iwata, Tsubasa Sakaki, Hironobu Hirose, Masashi Yoshimura

    Multiple Authorship (Only Japanese)

  • Description of a new genus with four new species of termite-guest rove beetles (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae) associated with Hodotermopsis sjostedti (Isoptera: Termopsidae), ENTOMOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 20(1) 451-461, 2017.01

    Taisuke Kanao

    Single Author

  • Redescriptions and distributions of acarivorous rove beetles, Holobus kashmiricus beneficus and H. yasumatsui (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae), in Japan and Taiwan, APPLIED ENTOMOLOGY AND ZOOLOGY, 51(2) 275-287, 2016.05

    Taisuke Kanao, Munetoshi Maruyama, Suguru Ohno

    Multiple Authorship (Only Japanese)

  • Eight new species, a new record, and redescription of the genus Discoxenus Wasmann, 1904: The first record of termitophilous rove beetles in Cambodia (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae), ZOOTAXA, 4044(2) 201-223, 2015.11

    Taisuke Kanao, Munetoshi Maruyama

    Multiple Authorship (Only Japanese)

  • Taxonomy of the termitophilous genus Termitodonia Cameron (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae), Koleopterologische rundschau, 84 193-200, 2014.09

    Munetoshi Maruyama, Taisuke Kanao

    Multiple Authorship (Only Japanese)

  • Rediscovery and DNA Sequencing of Leptanilla tanakai Baroni Urbani (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Yakushima Island, Japan, Japanese Journal of Systematic Entomology, 20(1) 25-26, 2014.05

    Shingo Hosoishi, Taisuke Kanao, Kazuo Ogata

    Multiple Authorship (Only Japanese)

  • A Molecular Phylogenetic Analysis of the Genus Dohrniphora (Diptera: Phoridae), ANNALS OF THE ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, 106(4) 401-409, 2013.07

    John M. Hash, Brian V. Brown, Paul T. Smith, Taisuke Kanao

    Multiple Authorship (Including Foreigners)

  • Two new genera and species of the termite symbiont lineage Termitohospitini (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Aleocharinae) from Bolivia and peninsular Malaysia, ZOOKEYS, (254) 67-87, 2012

    Taisuke Kanao, K. Taro Eldredge, Munetoshi Maruyama

    Multiple Authorship (Including Foreigners)

  • Discovery of Two Aleocharine Staphylinid Species (Coleoptera) Associated with Coptotermes formosanus (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) from Central Japan, with a Review of the Possible Natural Distribution of C. formosanus in Japan and Surrounding Countries, SOCIOBIOLOGY, 59(3) 605-616, 2012

    Munetoshi Maruyama, Taisuke Kanao, Ryutaro Iwata

    Multiple Authorship (Only Japanese)

  • Discovery of a remarkable new species of black fungus gnat (Diptera, Sciaridae) from termite nests in Malaysia, JOURNAL OF NATURAL HISTORY, 46(15-16) 969-978, 2012

    Mitsuaki Sutou, Munetoshi Maruyama, Takashi Komatsu, Taisuke Kanao

    Multiple Authorship (Only Japanese)

  • A new species of Trichopseniini (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) found with Schedorhinotermes termite (Isoptera, Rhinotermitidae) in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand, ZOOTAXA, (2748) 53-60, 2011.01

    Taisuke Kanao, Munetoshi Maruyama, Watana Sakchoowong

    Multiple Authorship (Including Foreigners)

  • A new genus of Compactopediina (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) associated with Longipeditermes (Isoptera: Termitidae) in Peninsular Malaysia with a key to and phylogenetic analysis of all genera of the subtribe, INSECT SYSTEMATICS & EVOLUTION, 42(4) 349-364, 2011

    Taisuke Kanao, Munetoshi Maruyama, Rosli Hashim

    Multiple Authorship (Including Foreigners)

  • Two new species of Aleocharinae (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) found in fungus gardens of Odontotermes termites (Isoptera, Termitidae, Macrotermitinae) in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand, ZOOKEYS, (49) 77-86, 2010

    Taisuke Kanao, Munetoshi Maruyama, Watana Sakchoowong

    Multiple Authorship (Including Foreigners)

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Review Papers

  • Taxonomy and Species Identification of Acarivorous Rove Beetles, Holobus species in Japan, 日本植物防疫協会, 植物防疫, 70(11) 742-745, 2016.11

    金尾 太輔, 丸山 宗利, 大野 豪

  • On the Effects of Displaying Insects in an Aesthetic Fashion on Negative Images of Insects : From the Insect Exhibition "MUSHI ATSUI : An Art Exhibition on the Color and Form of Small Insects", 九州大学総合研究博物館, 九州大学総合研究博物館研究報告, 10 39-49, 2012.03

    藤野 理香, 金尾 太輔, キム ワンギュウ, 橋本 幸, 弘岡 拓人, 丸山 宗利

Academic Awards Received

  • Encouragement prize, 2018.12, Others, Taisuke Kanao

  • The Best Paper Award, 2015.09, Others, Taisuke Kanao

  • The Graduate School award, 2014.03, Others, Taisuke Kanao

Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research

  • Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists,2019.04 - 2023.03

  • Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(B),2019.04 - 2023.03

  • Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(B),2022.04 - 2025.03


  • 18th Congress of International Union for the Study of Social Insects, International presentation, 2018.08, Species diversity and evolution of termitophilous rove beetles. IUSSI2018 (International Union for the Study of Social Insects), Oral presentation (general)

  • XXV International Congress of Entomology, International presentation, 2016.09, Species diversity and speciation of physogastric rove beetles associated with Longipeditermes longipes in Southeast Asia, Poster presentation

  • Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, International presentation, 2014.11, Polyphyly of the termite-guest subtribe Termitozyrina (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Lomechusini), Poster presentation

  • Asia Forest Workshop 2013 - Interdisciplinary Discussion on Multiple Impacts of Forestry and Land use Change in Tropical Asia, International presentation, 2013.12, New species of termite-guest rove beetles (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) from Cambodia, Symposium, workshop panel (public)

  • The 4th Joint Symposium GCOE Asian Conservation Ecology Kyushu University and University of Tokyo, Domestic presentation, 2013.02, Species diversity of termitophilous rove beetles (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) in Southeast Asia, Oral presentation (general)

  • The 14th GCOE international seminar, International presentation, 2013.01, Taxonomy and phylogeny of termitophilous rove beetles (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae), Public lecture, seminar, tutorial, course, or other speech

  • XXIV International Congress of Entomology, International presentation, 2012.08, Phylogenetic position of termitophilous rove beetle tribe Termitohospitini (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae), Oral presentation (general)

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Academic Activities

  • 京都大学総合博物館平成28年度企画展「虫を知りつくす-京都大学の挑戦―」,2016.07 - 2016.10

  • 九州大学総合研究博物館特別企画 「アリの巣の生き物」,2012.07 - 2012.08

  • 九州大学総合研究博物館特別企画「Mushi Atsui-小さな虫たちの色と形の美術展-」,2011.07 - 2011.09