Two new species of Myrsidea (Phthiraptera: Amblycera: Menoponidae) from hummingbirds (Apodiformes: Trochilidae)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2003
Authors:R. C. Dalgleish, Price R. D.
Journal:Occasional Papers of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology
Pagination:1 - 9
Date Published:2003
Keywords:mtax, Myrsidea, sp.nov., trochilidae

Myrsidea is a large genus of chewing lice with more than 200 species on Passeriformes and six on Piciformes. Myrsidea imbricata (Neumann), he only Myrsidea previously reported from a hummingbird, has been considered a contaminant or straggler. Recent collections of lice have included specimens of Myrsidea from a number of hummingbird species from different localities. They confirm tha this genus occurs on the Trochilidae. Two new species, M. kristineae and M. jenniferae, are described and illustrated. They have sufficient characteristics in common with M. imbricata to suggest strongly that the host of that species was a hummingbird.

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