Key to Species of the Genus Neocheyletiella (Acariformes: Cheyletidae), With Description of a New Species

J Med Entomol. 2014 Nov 1;51(6):1116-21. doi: 10.1603/ME14002. Epub 2014 Nov 1.


A new species of the genus Neocheyletiella Baker, 1949 (Acariformes: Cheyletidae) is described from the zebra finch, Taeniopygia guttata (Viellot, 1817) (Passeriformes: Estrildidae), from a laboratory colony at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. The setal additions in the ontogeny of the new species, Neocheyletiella parvisetosa Mertins & Bochkov, and the main differential characters of all 17 known species of the genus Neocheyletiella are provided in tabular format. Keys to females and males of Neocheyletiella spp. also are given.

Keywords: Neocheyletiella; ectoparasite; passerine bird; systematics; zebra finch.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Female
  • Finches / parasitology
  • Male
  • Mites / anatomy & histology
  • Mites / classification*