A new species Selenonycha insperata n. sp. (Acariformes: Syringophilidae) from the bare-faced ibis Phimosus infuscatus (Lichtenstein) (Pelecaniformes: Threskiornithidae) as an example of host-switching event
Systematic parasitology | 21 Apr 2017
M Zmudzinski and M Skoracki
A new quill mite species of the family Syringophilidae (Acariformes: Prostigmata: Cheyletoidea) is described from Phimosus infuscatus (Lichtenstein) (Pelecaniformes: Threskiornithidae) in Argentina. Selenonycha insperata n. sp. differs from other species of the genus Selenonycha Kethley, 1970 by the presence of wing-like cuticular projections of coxal fields III-IV situated in front of trochanters (vs absence). An unexpected finding of this species on a bird of the family Threskiornithidae (Pelecaniformes) is discussed as an example of host shift. Additionally, a key to the species of the genus is provided.
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