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3 October 2016 New species and records of syringophilid mites (Acariformes: Syringophilidae) associated with malagasy birds
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Quill mites of the family Syringophilidae (Acariformes: Prostigmata: Cheyletoidea) associated with birds in Madagascar are described for the first time. All host specimens were captured in humid forest formations of the Toliara Province of extreme southeastern Madagascar. Three new species are described: Rafapicobia copsychus Skoracki, OConnor and Goodman sp. nov. from Copsychus albospecularis (Eydoux and Gervais) (Passeriformes: Turdidae), Picobia neomixis Skoracki, OConnor and Goodman sp. nov. from Neomixis tenella (Hartlaub) (Passeriformes: Cisticolidae), and Picobia bernieriarum Skoracki, OConnor and Goodman sp. nov. from Xanthomixis zosterops (Sharpe) and Bernieria madagascariensis (Gmelin) (Passeriformes: Bernieridae). Additionally, three mite species were recorded from new hosts: Pipicobia terpsiphoni Glowska and Schmidt, 2014 from Terpsiphone mutata (Linnaeus) (Passeriformes: Monarchidae), Peristerophila accipitridicus Skoracki, Lontkowski and Stawarczyk, 2010 from Accipiter francesiae Smith (Accipitriformes: Accipitridae), and Neoaulonastus tanzanicus Skoracki, Hromada and Unsoeld, 2013 from Ploceus nelicourvi (Scopoli) (Passeriformes: Ploceidae).

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Maciej Skoracki, Barry M. Oconnor, Steven M. Goodman, Natalia Marciniak, and Bozena Sikora "New species and records of syringophilid mites (Acariformes: Syringophilidae) associated with malagasy birds," Systematic and Applied Acarology 21(11), 1534-1546, (3 October 2016). https://doi.org/10.11158/saa.21.11.9
Received: 28 August 2016; Accepted: 1 September 2016; Published: 3 October 2016
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