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A new feather mite of the genus Neodectes Park and Atyeo 1971 (Acari: Proctophyllodidae) from New Zealand wrens (Passeriformes: Acanthisittidae)

Sergey V. Mironov and Barry M. Oconnor
From the journal Acta Parasitologica

Abstract

A new feather mite species, Neodectes pilgrimi sp. n. (Proctophyllodidae: Pterodectinae), is described from three species of New Zealand wrens (Passeriformes: Acanthisittidae): Xenicus gilviventris Pelzeln, 1867 (type host), X. longipes (Gmelin, 1789) (extinct species), and Acanthisitta chloris (Sparrman, 1787). Based on known host associations of the genus Neodectes, it is hypothesized that Neodectes pilgrimi sp. n. has a secondary origin on New Zealand wrens and was probably transferred onto the ancestor of its hosts from honeyeaters (Passeriformes: Meliphagidae).

Acknowledgements

The authors thank Dr. T.D. Galloway, The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, and Dr. R. Palma, The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand, for providing us with additional materials. The taxonomic part of this study was supported by the Russian Science Foundation (Grant No 14-14-00621) for SM.

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Received: 2016-8-22
Revised: 2016-10-19
Accepted: 2016-10-20
Published Online: 2016-12-28
Published in Print: 2017-3-1

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