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5 October 2020 Females of the quill mite genera Peristerophila and Castosyringophilus (Acariformes: Syringophilidae) are two morphological forms: ontogenetic and population evidences
Maciej Skoracki, Martin Hromada, Katarzyna Kaszewska, Bożena Sikora
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Abstract

The comparative study of ontogeny and morphological structures of quill mite infrapopulations of a newly described species Peristerophila hirundineussp. nov. from Merops hirundineus (Coraciiformes: Meropidae), collected in Namibia, D.R. Congo, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania, shows evidence of female dimorphism in the genus PeristerophilaKethley, 1970. This proves that females of quill mite species referred to the genus Peristerophila are homeomorph forms, while those referred to the genus Castosyringophilus Bochkov and Perez, 2003 are heteromorph ones. Therefore, the genus Castosyringophilussyn. nov. is synonymized herein with the genus Peristerophila. The following new combinations for mite species formerly referred to Castosyringophilus are proposed: Peristerophila forpi (Bochkov and Perez, 2002) comb. nov., P. claravis (Skoracki and Glowska 2008) comb. nov., and P. meropis (Skoracki, Hromada and Sikora, 2017) comb. nov. The possible evolutionary sense of the female dimorphism in syringophilid mites is discussed.

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Maciej Skoracki, Martin Hromada, Katarzyna Kaszewska, and Bożena Sikora "Females of the quill mite genera Peristerophila and Castosyringophilus (Acariformes: Syringophilidae) are two morphological forms: ontogenetic and population evidences," Systematic and Applied Acarology 25(10), 1803-1820, (5 October 2020). https://doi.org/10.11158/saa.25.10.6
Received: 15 April 2020; Accepted: 29 July 2020; Published: 5 October 2020
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Acari
Coraciiformes
dimorphism
ontogeny
quill mites
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