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Niglarobia vanelli, a new species of syringophilid quill mite associated with lapwings (Charadriiformes: Charadriidae)

  • Mateusz Zmudzinski EMAIL logo , Maciej Skoracki , Martin Hromada and Markus Unsoeld
From the journal Acta Parasitologica


A new species of quill mite of the family Syringophilidae (Acariformes: Prostigmata), Niglarobia vanellisp. nov. collected from eight species of the lapwing genus Vanellus (Charadriiformes: Charadriidae), is described: V. vanellus (Linnaeus, 1758) (type host) from Germany, V. gregarius (Pallas, 1771) from Russia, V. senegallus (Linnaeus, 1766), V. albiceps Gould, 1834, V. spinosus (Linnaeus, 1758), V. crassirostris (Hartlaub, 1855), V. lugubris (Lesson, 1826), and V. coronatus (Boddaert, 1783) all from Tanzania. This new species resembles N. cursoriae Skoracki et al., 2006 and differs by having the following features: in females of N. vanellisp. nov., each medial branch of the peritremes has 3–4 chambers (vs 2 chambers in N. cursoriae); the hysteronotal shield is not fused to the pygidial shield (vs fused); lengths of setae d2 and e2 are 55–65 and 95–120, respectively (vs 115– 140 and 130–160); and setae p’ and p” of legs III and IV have 4–6 tines (vs 7 tines).

  1. Conflict of interest. The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


We would like to thank Gerhard Haszprunar (ZSM) for making available samples of dry bird skins for the present study. The research was supported by the Polish National Science Centre (NCN 2014/15/B/NZ8/00208) and Slovak Research and Development Agency under the contract APVV-16-0411, Agency of Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic, the project ITMS 26110230119 and VEGA 1/0977/16.


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Received: 2018-02-22
Revised: 2018-05-03
Accepted: 2018-06-25
Published Online: 2018-10-18
Published in Print: 2018-12-19

© 2018 W. Stefański Institute of Parasitology, PAS

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