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Volume 60, Issue 4


A new species of the feather mite genus Tyrannidectes Mironov, 2008 (Acariformes: Proctophyllodidae) from tapaculos (Passeriformes: Rhinocryptidae) in Chile

Sergey V. Mironov
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  • Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Universitetskaya embankment 1, Saint Petersburg, 99034, Russia
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Published Online: 2015-09-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2015-0106


A new feather mite species, Tyrannidectes pteroptochi sp. n. (Astigmata: Proctophyllodidae: Pterodectinae), is described from the Moustached Turca Pteroptochos megapodius Kittlitz, 1830 (Passeriformes: Rhinocryptidae) in Chile. This is the first record of mites of the genus Tyrannidectes Mironov 2008 from this family of passerines. Tyrannidectes pteroptochi is clearly distinguished from all previously known Tyrannidectes species by having several unique features in females: whip-like hysteronotal macrosetae h2, hysteronotal setae h3 exceeding the length of the terminal appendages, and spiculiform pseudanal setae ps2 and ps3. A brief review of taxonomic works on the Tyrannidectes is provided.

Keywords: Feather mites; Acariformes; Proctophyllodidae; Tyrannidectes; systematics; Passeriformes


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About the article

Received: 2015-01-04

Revised: 2015-05-29

Accepted: 2015-06-11

Published Online: 2015-09-25

Published in Print: 2015-12-01

Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, Volume 60, Issue 4, Pages 743–748, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, ISSN (Print) 1230-2821, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2015-0106.

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