Folia Parasitologica, vol. 61 (2014), issue 5

Folia Parasitologica 61[5] 394-400 (2014) | DOI: 10.14411/fp.2014.050

Quill mites of the subfamily Picobiinae (Acari: Syringophilidae) parasitising African birds, with description of two new species

Miroslava Klimovičová1, Maciej Skoracki2, Wanyoike Wamiti3, Martin Hromada1,4
1 Laboratory and Museum of Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Ecology, Faculty of Humanities and Natural Sciences, University of Prešov, Prešov, Slovakia;
2 Department of Animal Morphology, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland;
3 Department of Zoology, National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya;
4 Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Zielona Góra, Zielona Góra, Poland

Two new species of the subfamily Picobiinae (Acari: Prostigmata: Syringophilidae) are described: Picobia ploceus sp. n. from Ploceus ocularis Smith (Passeriformes: Ploceidae) and Picobia lamprotornis sp. n. from Lamprotornis superbus (Rüppell) (Passeriformes: Sturnidae), both from Kenya. Additionally, new hosts are recorded: Turdoides jardineii (Smith) (Passeriformes: Leiothrichidae) from Kenya and Tanzania, T. rubiginosa (Rüppell) from Kenya, T. leucopygia (Rüppell) from Zambia and Namibia, for Picobia dziabaszewskii Glowska, Dragun-Damian et Dabert, 2012; Pycnonotus barbatus (Desfontaines) (Passeriformes: Pycnonotidae) from Kenya, for Picobia pycnonoti Glowska, Skoracki et Khourly, 2007; Dendropicos griseocephalus (Boddaert) (Piciformes: Picidae) from Tanzania and D. goertae (St. Müller) from Kenya, for Neopicobia freya Skoracki et Unsoeld, 2014; Dendropicos fuscescens (Vieillot) from Zambia and Campethera nubica (Boddaert) from Kenya, for Picobia dryobatis (Fritsch, 1958).

Keywords: Africa, ectoparasites, Ploceidae, quill mites, Sturnidae, taxonomy

Received: March 12, 2014; Accepted: April 17, 2014; Prepublished online: August 7, 2014; Published: October 30, 2014


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