2019. 27 (2)

Bochkovocoptidae, an unusual new family
of psoroptidian mites (Acari: Astigmata) associated
with Otomys denti (Rodentia: Muridae) from Uganda

About author:

Barry M. OConnor, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109, USA


I thank Julian Kerbis Peterhans and the late William Stanley of the Field Museum of Natural History for allowing me to examine the mammal specimens collected during their field expeditions in East Africa. I am especially appreciative of the late Andrei Bochkov of the Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Science, for stimulating discussions regarding the new mite and other parasitic Acari. Pavel Klimov provided suggestions on the manuscript. Portions of this study were funded by the US National Science Foundation (DEB-0118766) to Barry OConnor.


A new family, Bochkovocoptidae, is proposed for a new genus and species of psoroptidian mite (Astigmata), Bochkovocoptes otomys sp. n., collected from the follicles of the facial vibrissae of Otomys denti (Rodentia: Muridae) from Uganda. The new taxon is characterized by retrorse processes and striated apical membranes on the subcapitular rutella, strong retrorse processes on the segments of the anterior legs, well developed pretarsi on legs I–III and a reduced pretarsus on leg IV. The new taxon is hypothesized to be related to the families Sarcoptidae and Rhyncoptidae.

DOI: 10.21684/0132-8077-2019-27-2-145-150


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