Gabucinia Oudemans, 1905

Hernandes, Fabio A., 2020, A review of the feather mite family Gabuciniidae Gaud & Atyeo (Acariformes Astigmata: Pterolichoidea) of Brazil, with descriptions of eleven new species, Zootaxa 4747 (1), pp. 1-53 : 7

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Gabucinia Oudemans, 1905


Genus Gabucinia Oudemans, 1905

Type species: Pterolichus delibatus Robin, 1877 (in Robin & Mégnin), by original designation.

The genus currently comprises three valid species, including the new one described below, all of them associated with passerines of the family Corvidae ( Gaud & Atyeo 1975) : Gabucinia delibata ( Robin, 1877) described from Corvus corone Linnaeus, 1758 and recorded from many other corvids of the genera Corvus Lin- naeus, Coloeus Kaup and Pica Brisson across the Holarctic region ( Canestrini & Kramer 1899; Radford 1953, 1958; Gaud & Till 1961; Jones 1968; Gaud & Atyeo 1975; Kapoor & Kaur 1975; Mironov 1996, 1997; Zamec & Fenda 2012; Galloway et al. 2014, Negm & Hassan 2019), and G. gladiscapulata Gaud, 1960 from Corvus albicollis Latham, 1790 in Africa ( Gaud 1960). One more species, Gabucinia urogalli ( Nörner, 1883) , described from the western capercaillie Tetrao urogallus Linnaeus, 1758 ( Galliformes : Phasianidae ) in Europe, has also been referred by Dubinin (1956) to this genus. This host association is quite uncommon for mites of the genus Gabucinia ; until this species is re-examined, either from the type specimens or those recollected from the type host, it is reasonable to treat it as a species inquirenda. An undetermined species of Gabucinia was reported on Milvago chimango chimango (Vieillot, 1816) ( Falconidae ) from Chile ( Órdenes et al. 2005), but this is quite certainly a genus misidentification.