Myrsidea Waterston (Phthiraptera: Menoponidae) from wrens (Passeriformes: Troglodytidae), with descriptions of three new species

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2008
Authors:R. D. Price, Johnson, K. P., Dalgleish, R. C.
Pagination:59 - 65
Date Published:2008

Three new species of Myrsidea parasitic on members of the avian family Troglodytidae are described herein. They and their type hosts are M. whitemani ex the Rufous-naped Wren, Campylorhynchus rufinucha (Lesson, 1838), M. bessae ex the Riverside Wren, Thryothorus semibadius Salvin, 1870, and M. vincesmithi ex the Rufous-breasted Wren, Thryothorus rutilus Vieillot, 1819. Myrsidea troglodyti (Denny, 1842) is redescribed and a lectotype designated. Results of sequencing a portion of the mitochondrial COI gene for one of these species and several other species of Myrsidea aregiven to compare genetic divergence.

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