Journal:2011. 19 (2)
About author:Nattress B., 25 West Lea Drive, Tingley, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK
Annotation:Horizontal transmission of the syringophilid mites (Acari: Syringophilidae) is documented for the first time. Syringophilopsis kirgizorum which was, until now, restricted to a small group of finches (Passeriformes: Fringillidae), was recorded from the tawny owl Strix aluco L. (Strigiformes: Strigidae). This could only be due to the horizontal transmission of the mites from prey.
Bibliography:Cramp, S. 1985. The Birds of the Western Palearctic.