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A New Species of Mites of the Genus Geckobia (Prostigmata, Pterygosomatidae), Parasitic on Mediodactylus Kotschyi (Reptilia, Gekkota) from Crimea

M. Bertrand
  • Université Montpellier, III UMR 5175 CEFE, Route de Mende, Montpellier, 34199 France
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/ O. Kukushkin
  • Karadagh Nature Reserve, 24, Nauki Street, Theodosia 98188, AR Crimea, Ukraine
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/ S. Pogrebnyak
  • National Museum of Natural History, vul. B. Khmelnytskogo, 15, Kyiv, 01601 Ukraine
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Published Online: 2013-04-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/vzoo-2013-0009

Geckobia sharygini Bertrand, Kukushkin et Pogrebnyak, sp. n., a parasite of gecko Mediodactylus kotschyi danilewskii (Strauch, 1887) collected from Crimea (Ukraine) is described. The new species differs from other species of the genus by the scutum with convex posterior edge and seven pairs of dorsal stout setae on scutum. Almost 89 % of mites were found on the ventral surface of lizard’s body. Maximum observed parasite charge is 60 specimens for a synanthropic locality and 17 mites for a natural locations. With exception of the newborn lizards, the infestation slightly increased from spring to autumn. The improved key to Pterygosomatidae and some Geckobia is provided. Position of G. sharygini sp. n. and some related species in the genus Geckobia is discussed in connection with phylogeny, distribution and ecological peculiarities of the hosts.

Новый вид клещей рода Geckobia (Prostigmata, Ptcrygosomatidac), паразитирующих на Mediodactylus kotschyi (Rcptilia, Gekkota) из Крыма. Бертран М., Кукушкин О., Погребняк С. - Описан новый вид клещей Geckobia sharygini Bertrand, Kukushkin ct Pogrebnyak, sp. п., представители которого были собраны в Крыму на крымском гекконе - Mediodactylus kotschyi danilewskii (Strauch, 1887). Огіисаный вид отличается от известных представителей рода тем, что проподосомальный щит с выпуклым задним краем и несёт 7 пар щетинок. Клещи локализуются преимущественно на вент- ральных поверхностях тела хозяина - 89 % обнаруженных особей. Максимальная интенсивность инвазии достигает 60 клещей на ящерицу в синантропных популяциях и лишь 17 - в природ- ных биотопах. Исключая свежеотродившихся особей, экстенсивность заражения слабо повыша- ется от весны к осени. Приведены доработанные определительные таблицы для родов семейства Ptcrygosomatidac и для некоторых видов рода Geckobia. Обсуждается положение G. sharygini sp. n. и ряда близких видов в системе рода в связи с филогенией, распространением и экологически- ми особенностями хозяев.

Keywords: Acari; Prostigmata; Pterygosomatidae; Geckobia; Mediodactylus kotschyi danilewskii; Gekkota; Crimea; Ukraine; host-parasite relationships

Ключевые слова: Acari; Prostigmata; Ptcrygosomatidac; Geckobia; Mediodactylus kotschyi danilew- skii; Gekkota; Крым; Украина; иаразито-хозяинные отношения

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