Folia Parasitologica, vol. 55 (2008), issue 4

Folia Parasitologica 55[4] 291-300 (2008) | DOI: 10.14411/fp.2008.037

Quill mites of the genus Syringophilopsis Kethley, 1970 (Acari: Syringophilidae) from North American birds

Maciej Skoracki1, Maureen E. Flannery2,3, Greg S. Spicer2
1 Department of Animal Morphology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 89, 61-614 Poznan, Poland
2 Department of Biology, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, California 94132, USA
3 Department of Ornithology and Mammalogy, California Academy of Sciences, 55 Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California 94118, USA

Seven mite species belonging to the genus Syringophilopsis Kethley, 1970 (Acari: Prostigmata: Cheyletoidea) are recorded from 10 passeriform host species from the USA. Three new species are described and illustrated: Syringophilopsis polioptilus sp. n. from Polioptila caerulea (Linnaeus) (Polioptilidae); S. empidonax sp. n. from Empidonax hammondii (Vesey) and Empidonax wrightii Baird (Tyrannidae); and S. sialiae sp. n. from Sialia mexicana Swainson (Turdidae). In addition, records of new hosts are given: Turdus migratorius Linnaeus (Turdidae) for Syringophilopsis turdus (Fritsch, 1958); three tyrannid species (Tyrannidae), Myiarchus crinitus (Linnaeus), M. cinerascens (Lawrence) and Tyrannus verticalis Say for S. tyranni Bochkov et Galloway, 2004; Euphagus cyanocephalus (Wagler) (Icteridae) for S. elongatus (Ewing, 1911); and two parulid species (Parulidae), Dendroica graciae Baird and Wilsonia pusilla (Wilson) for S. dendroicae Bochkov et Galloway, 2001. All known species of the genus Syringophilopsis from the Nearctic Region are summarized in tabular form. Syringophilopsis porzanae Bochkov et Galloway, 2004 is reassigned to the genus Ascetomylla Kethley, 1970.

Keywords: Acari, Syringophilidae, Syringophilopsis, quill mites, ectoparasites, taxonomy, North America, birds

Received: May 8, 2008; Accepted: August 12, 2008; Published: December 1, 2008


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