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3 April 2023 An unexpected finding of a new species of the genus Charadriineopicobia (Acariformes, Syringophilidae) parasitizing Hydrobates tethys (Aves, Procellariiformes) from the Galápagos Islands
Maciej Skoracki, Markus Unsöld, Bozena Sikora, Martin Hromada
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Abstract

A new quill mite species of the family Syringophilidae and subfamily Picobiinae, Charadriineopicobia janegoodallae sp. nov., is described. It was collected from Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel Hydrobates tethys (Bonaparte), a representative of the order Procellariiformes and family Hydrobatidae. Our finding is the first record of the subfamily Picobiinae on procellariform hosts and the first record of quill mites of the family Syringophilidae collected from birds inhabiting the Galápagos Islands. Additionally, an identification key to females of all known species of Charadriineopicobia is presented. Because all other species of the genus Charadriineopicobia were found on phylogenetically distant avian hosts of the order Charadriiformes and families Charadriidae, Scolopacidae, and Laridae, we hypothesize that presence of this new mite species parasitizing H. tethys is a result of the mite switching from charadriiform hosts inhabiting the same ecological niche.

Maciej Skoracki, Markus Unsöld, Bozena Sikora, and Martin Hromada "An unexpected finding of a new species of the genus Charadriineopicobia (Acariformes, Syringophilidae) parasitizing Hydrobates tethys (Aves, Procellariiformes) from the Galápagos Islands," Systematic and Applied Acarology 28(4), 647-655, (3 April 2023). https://doi.org/10.11158/saa.28.4.2
Received: 1 July 2022; Accepted: 25 February 2023; Published: 3 April 2023
KEYWORDS
Acari
ectoparasites
new species
quill mites
taxonomy
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