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A contribution to the systematics of the mite family Harpirhynchidae (Acari: Cheyletoidea)

Fain, A. ; Bochkov, A.V. and Mironov, S.V.

1999 - Volume: 40 Issue: 1 pages: 37-54


systematics Harpirhynchidae Acari parasites birds


Revised diagnoses are given for the subfamilies Harpirhynchinae and Harpypalpinae, and the genera Harpirhynchus, Harpyrhynchoides, Harpypalpus and Harpypalpoides. Pseudoharpirhynchus n. subg. is created for two species - Harpirhynchus agapornis Fain, 1972 (type species) and Harpirhynchus cylindripalpus Fritsch, 1954 - within the genus Harpirhynchus. Six new species are described: Harpirhynchus (s. st.) galeridae n. sp., Harpyrhynchoides kirgizorum n. sp., Harpyrhynchoides parazumpti n. sp., Harpypalpus tiarae n, sp., Harpypalpus spermestes n. sp. and Harpypalpoides namibiensis n. sp. Three species are redescribed: Harpypalpus dubinini Fain, 1972, Harpypalpus serini Fain, 1972 and Harpypalpoides hirundinis (Fain, 1972). Males of Harpyrhynchoides capellae (Fritsch, 1954) and Harpypalpus holopus (Berlese and Trouessart, 1889) are described for the first time. A new host is recorded for Harpyrhynchoides alectoris (Fain, 1972). Keys to species of the genera Harpypalpus and Harpypalpoides, based on females, are proposed for the first time.

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