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30 September 2019 Mites of the family Syringophilidae (Acariformes: Cheyletoidea) parasitizing waxbills of the genus Estrilda (Passeriformes: Estrildidae)
Maciej Skoracki, Martin Hromada, Petra Prevuznakova, Wanyoike Wamiti
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Abstract

Quill mites (Acariformes: Prostigmata: Syringophilidae) parasitizing waxbills of genus Estrilda Swainson (Aves: Passeriformes: Estrildidae) from the Sub-Saharan region are studied for the first time. Among them, a new species, Syringophiloidus estrildus sp. nov., is described and new host species for Neosyringophilopsis lonchurusSkoracki, 2008, Neoaulonastus oryzivorus (Skoracki, 2011) comb. nov., and Picobia lonchuraeSkoracki et al., 2016 are recorded. In our study, we examined 120 specimens belonging to seven of the 16 (44%) species of the genus Estrilda. The prevalence of infestation by syringophilid species varied from 3.7 to 25%. The host and habitat (feather type) specificity are discussed.

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Maciej Skoracki, Martin Hromada, Petra Prevuznakova, and Wanyoike Wamiti "Mites of the family Syringophilidae (Acariformes: Cheyletoidea) parasitizing waxbills of the genus Estrilda (Passeriformes: Estrildidae)," Systematic and Applied Acarology 24(9), 1799-1808, (30 September 2019). https://doi.org/10.11158/saa.24.9.15
Received: 13 June 2019; Accepted: 7 August 2019; Published: 30 September 2019
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Acari
Africa
biodiversity
ectoparasites
quill mites
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