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A new quill mite Torotrogla emberizae sp. nov. (Acariformes: Syringophilidae) from the Chestnut-eared Bunting (Passeriformes: Emberizidae) in Japan (morphology and DNA barcode data)

  • Eliza Glowska EMAIL logo , Izabella Laniecka , Kamila Romanowska and Miroslawa Dabert
From the journal Acta Parasitologica


A new quill mite Torotrogla emberizaesp. nov. (Acariformes: Syringophilidae) parasitizing the Chestnut-eared Bunting Emberiza fucata Pallas, 1776 (Passeriformes: Emberizidae) in Japan is described based on the external morphology and DNA barcode data (mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I sequences, COI). Females of T. emberizaesp. nov. differ from T. volginiSkoracki and Mironov, 2013 by having the short, wide and blunt-ended hypostomal protuberances (vs long, thin and sharp-ended), setae h1 ca. twice shorter than f1 (vs h1 longer than f1), the fan-like setae p’ and p” of legs III–IV provided with ca. 10 tines (vs 7–8 tines) and lengths of setae vi 70–105 (vs 55–65), ve 105–135 (vs 85–90) and h1 55–60 (vs 95–120).

  1. Etymology: The name is taken from the generic name of the type host and is a noun in the genitive case.

  2. Funding. This study was supported by the National Science Centre of Poland [grant #2014/15/B/NZ8/00208 (EG) and #2015/19/D/NZ8/00191 (EG)].

  3. Compliance with ethical standards. The research was conducted in accordance with ethical standards.

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

  5. Ethical approval. All applicable institutional, national and international guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed.


We are very grateful to the staff of the Division of Birds, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Smithsonian Institution (USNM), for making the collection of feathers available for this study.


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Received: 2018-06-07
Revised: 2018-08-09
Accepted: 2018-08-10
Published Online: 2018-10-18
Published in Print: 2018-12-19

© 2018 W. Stefański Institute of Parasitology, PAS

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