2019. 27 (2)

Two new feather mites of the genus Proctophyllodes Robin (Acariformes: Proctophyllodidae) associated with passerines (Aves: Passeriformes) in the Russian Far East

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Sergey V. Mironov, Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint Petersburg, 199034, Russia


The author thanks Dr. Olga P. Valchuk (Institute of Biology and Soil Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok), the head of the bird banding field camp near Novolitovsk, for the opportunity to examine birds and collect mites. The present study was supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation (project No АААА-А19-119020790133-6).


Two new species of the feather mite genus Proctophyllodes (Proctophyllodidae: Proctophyllodinae) are described from passerines in the Primorye Territory, Russia: Proctophyllodes bochkovi sp. n. from the blue-and-white flycatcher Cyanoptila cyanomelana (Temminck) (Muscicapidae) and P. cyanopicae sp. n. from the azure-winged magpie Cyanopica cyanus (Pallas) (Corvidae). Proctophyllodes bochkovi belongs to the caulifer species group. It differs from the most similar species, P. cotyledon Trouessart, 1899, in having the genital arch not extending to the level of epimerites IIIa, the terminal lamellae symmetrical with pennate venation and by the absence of the paragenital apodemes in males, and in having a longer lobar region (78–88 μm) in females. Proctophyllodes cyanopicae belongs to the musicus group and is readily distinguished from the most similar species, P. picae (Koch, 1841), in having the hysteronotal shield with well pronounced circular lacunae, and setae g situated closer to the level of setae ps3 than to the genital arch tips in males, and in having the terminal cleft shaped as a longitudinal rectangle 50–55 μm long in females.

DOI: 10.21684/0132-8077-2019-27-2-151-164


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