Neharpyrhynchus agelaius Bochkov

Bochkov, Andre V, Oconnor, Barry M. & Klompen, Hans, 2015, A review of the mite subfamily Harpirhynchinae (Acariformes: Harpirhynchidae) — parasites of New World birds (Aves: Neognathae), Zootaxa 4023 (1), pp. 1-130 : 102-103

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Neharpyrhynchus agelaius Bochkov


Neharpyrhynchus agelaius Bochkov , OConnor and Klompen sp. nov.

( Fig. 82 View FIGURE 82 )

Description. FEMALE (holotype, 2 paratypes). Body, including gnathosoma, 615 long (600–650) and 375 wide (350–375). Gnathosoma about 115 long and 120 wide. Palp about 85 long and 65 wide, moderately inflated dorsally. Palpalae dF about 45 long, 1.3 times longer than dG and l”G, about 35 long ( Fig. 82 View FIGURE 82 C). Setae vF about 85 long, smooth. Subcapitulum dorsally unornamented. Peritrematal branch about 110 long. Idiosoma 515 long (500– 525). Anterior part of propodonotum unornamented. Dorsal shield entire, without median suture and ornamentation, 215 long (210–230) and 330 wide (325–340). Anterior and posterior margins of dorsal shield widely concave. Ventral surface of idiosoma without striations, scales or verrucosities. Setae: vi, ve and si distinctly barbed, subequal in length, about 165, clustered together. Setae se and c 2 smooth, very short, 8–9 long. Setae h 2 about 200 long. Setae 3 a absent; setae 1 c about 35 long. Base of legs I and II with distinct lobe. Legs I and II with 2 articulated segments each. Tibiae I and II with 5 setae, tarsi I and II with full complement of setae, claws of these tarsi with small basal angles. Legs III and IV with 1 segment each. Leg III bearing 3 long and 1 short setae; leg IV bearing 2 long and 2 short setae.

MALE. Unknown.

Type material. Holotype female ( UMMZ BMOC 09-0701-022, # 1) and 2 female paratypes ( UMMZ BMOC 09-0701-022, #2, 3) from Agelaius phoeniceus (Linnaeus) ( Passeriformes : Icteridae ) ( UMMZ 241819) [at bases of head feathers], USA: Michigan, Oakland Co., 5 June 2009, via Howell Nature Centre.

Type deposition. Holotype and paratype in UMMZ, 1 paratype in ZISP.

Etymology. The specific epithet is derived from the generic name of the host and is a noun in apposition.

Hosts and distribution. Agelaius phoeniceus ( Passeriformes : Icteridae ) from USA (Michigan) (present paper).

Differential diagnosis. Females of Neharpyrhynchus agelaius sp. nov. differ from all other species of the group pilirostris , excluding N. quiscalus , by the unornamented anterior part of the propodonotum. This new species differs from N. quiscalus by the following character states. In females of N. agelaius , the dorsal part of the subcapitulum and lobes at the bases of legs I and II are not granulated (vs. granulated in N. quiscalus ) and setae 1 a are present (vs. absent).


University of Michigan, Museum of Zoology


Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences