Folia Parasitologica, vol. 59 (2012), issue 3

Folia Parasitologica 59[3] 229-236 (2012) | 10.14411/fp.2012.031

New genus and three new species of quill mites (Acari: Syringophilidae: Picobiinae) parasitising puffbirds (Aves: Piciformes)

Maciej Skoracki, Katarzyna Scibek, Bozena Sikora
Department of Animal Morphology, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 89, 61-614 Poznan, Poland

Three new species, belonging to the newly proposed genus Pseudopicobia gen. n., inhabiting body quill feathers of puffbirds (Piciformes: Bucconidae), are described: P. nonnula sp. n. from Nonnula frontalis (Sclater) in Colombia, P. malacoptila sp. n. from Malacoptila panamensis Lafresnaye in Colombia and P. hapaloptila sp. n. from Hapaloptila castanea (Verreaux) in Ecuador. The new genus differs from morphologically similar genus Picobia Heller, 1878 by the absence of the genital setae, absence of the genital lobes, solenidia φI represented by microsetae, and by the presence of setiform solenidia σI. Syringophilid mites are recorded from birds of this family for the first time.

Keywords: Acari, Pseudopicobia, new genus, ectoparasites, birds, Bucconidae

Received: May 24, 2012; Accepted: July 27, 2012; Published: September 21, 2012


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