Cyanocompsa cyanoides (Lafresnaye)

Č, Ř Á, 2007, Chewing lice (Phthiraptera) from buntings, cardinals and tanagers (Passeriformes: Emberizidae, Cardinalidae, Thraupidae) from Costa Rica, with descriptions of two new species of the genus Myrsidea (Phthiraptera: Menoponidae), Zootaxa 1631, pp. 57-68: 61

publication ID 10.5281/zenodo.179415

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Cyanocompsa cyanoides (Lafresnaye)


Host: Cyanocompsa cyanoides (Lafresnaye)   – Blue-black Grosbeak

One chewing lice species was found on this host:

Myrsidea   sp. 1

Material studied. 3 males and 2 nymphs ex Cyanocompsa cyanoides   , COSTA RICA: Hitoy Cerere BR, Provincia Limỏn (9 ° 40 ’N, 85 °05’W), 19–25 August 2004, Literák, Č apek & Havlίček coll. Deposited in INBio –O. Sychra CR61, 2 nymphs ex C. cyanoides, Barbilla   NP, Provincia Limỏn (9 ° 59 ’N, 85 ° 27 ’W), 2 September 2004, Literák, Č apek & Havlίček coll. Deposited in INBio – O. Sychra CR 61.

Remarks. Unlike Myrsidea poliogasteri   , Myrsidea   sp. 1 from C. cyanoides   is characterised by a welldefined median gap in the rows of tergal setae. Our specimens are practically inseparable from that of M. zonotriciae Price & Dalgleish 2007   described from Zonotrichia capensis   ( Emberizidae   ). Unfortunately, having no female specimens is insufficient for an adequate confirming Myrsidea   sp. 1 either as a different new species or a new host-louse association for M. zonotriciae   . Four of 12 birds examined were parasitised by Myrsidea   sp. 1. This is the first record of chewing lice from Cyanocompsa cyanoides   .


National Biodiversity Institute, Costa Rica