Two new species of the feather mite family Gabuciniidae (Acariformes: Pterolichoidea) from wrens (Passeriformes: Troglodytidae)

Acta Parasitol. 2014 Oct;59(4):568-79. doi: 10.2478/s11686-014-0287-2. Epub 2014 Sep 20.


Two new species of the feather mite family Gabucinidae (Acari: Astigmata) are described from birds of the family Troglodytidae (Passeriformes) from Central America: Piciformobia cinnycerthiae sp. nov. from Cinnycerthia unirufa (Lafresnaye) in Ecuador, and P. henicorhinae sp. nov. from Henicorhina leucosticte (Cabanis) in Costa Rica. These are the first records of mites of the genus Piciformobia Gaud et Atyeo, 1975 from passerine hosts. A renewed diagnosis of the genus Piciformobia and key to all known species are provided.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bird Diseases / epidemiology
  • Bird Diseases / parasitology*
  • Costa Rica / epidemiology
  • Ecuador / epidemiology
  • Feathers / parasitology*
  • Female
  • Male
  • Mite Infestations / parasitology
  • Mite Infestations / veterinary*
  • Mites / anatomy & histology
  • Mites / classification*
  • Mites / genetics
  • Passeriformes / parasitology*
  • Species Specificity