Folia Parasitologica, vol. 64 (2017)

Folia Parasitologica 64:024 (2017) | 10.14411/fp.2017.024

Castosyringophilus meropis sp. n. (Acariformes: Syringophilidae) - a new quill mite species parasitising the world population of Merops apiaster Linnaeus (Coraciiformes: Meropidae)

Maciej Skoracki1, Martin Hromada2,3,4, Bozena Sikora1
1 Department of Animal Morphology, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland;
2 Laboratory and Museum of Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Ecology, Faculty of Humanities and Natural Sciences, University of Pre¹ov, Pre¹ov, Slovakia;
3 Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Zielona Góra, Zielona Góra, Poland;
4 Department of Zoology, National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya

A new species, Castosyringophilus meropis sp. n., found in quills of feathers of the European bee-eater Merops apiaster Linnaeus (Coraciiformes: Meropidae) is described. This new species is close to C. claravis Skoracki et Glowska, 2008 and differs, in females, by the presence apunctate coxal fields (vs sparsely punctate in C. claravis) and by the lengths of setae d1 145-180 µm, f2 170-185 µm and ag3 190-215 µm (vs d1 200-220 µm, f2 230-250 µm and ag3 150-170 µm). We present a vast mite material collected from bee-eaters originated from different localities in Europe, Asia and Africa, both breeding and wintering grounds of this bird. It indicates that the whole world population of the European bee-eater is parasitised by this quill mite species.

Keywords: acari, birds, ectoparasites, faunistics, parasitology, systematics

Received: February 8, 2017; Accepted: June 21, 2017; Published online: July 26, 2017


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