The mesostigmatid mite Macronyssus macroscutatus sp. nov. is described from female specimens removed from Nyctalus noctula bats caught in Surrey, England. It is also reported from N. leisleri. This species has a large dorsal shield, covering much of the idiodorsum, which uniquely bears more than 60 setae. The generic diagnosis of Macronyssus is amended to accommodate the opisthonotal hypertrichy seen. A key to adult females of Macronyssus species that occur in the British Isles is provided.
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