Folia Parasitologica, vol. 59 (2012), issue 4

Folia Parasitologica 59[4] 301-307 (2012) | DOI: 10.14411/fp.2012.042

Two new feather mite species (Acari, Pteronyssidae) from the white-barred piculet, Picumnus cirratus (Aves, Piciformes)

Fabio Akashi Hernandes
Departamento de Zoologia, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Av. 24-A, 1515, Rio Claro, SP, 13506-900 Brazil

Two new species of the feather mite family Pteronyssidae Oudemans, 1941 are described from the white-barred piculet, Picumnus cirratus Temminck from Brazil: Pterotrogus picumni sp. n. and Ramphastobius scutatus sp. n., representing the first mites described from this host. Pterotrogus picumni sp. n. can be readily distinguished from all previous species of the simplex group by having dorsal crest on femora I and II in both sexes. This is the first representative of the genus Pterotrogus Gaud, 1981 recorded on a host of the genus Picumnus Temminck. Ramphastobius scutatus sp. n. is unique among species of the genus by having in both sexes the prodorsal and scapular shields fused into a single propodonotal shield covering all prodorsum. An updated key to known species of the genus Ramphastobius Gaud, 1981 is presented.

Keywords: new species, Ramphastobius, Pterotrogus, Pteronyssinae, taxonomy, Brazil, Neotropical Region

Received: June 11, 2012; Accepted: August 9, 2012; Published: December 1, 2012


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