Chewing lice of the genus Myrsidea (Phthiraptera: Amblycera: Menoponidae) from passerines (Aves: Passeriformes) in South Africa, with descriptions of three new speces

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2012
Authors:A. Halajian, Sychra, O., Luus-Powell, W., Engelbrecht, D.
Keywords:Amblycera, Menoponidae, Myrsidea, new host-louse associations, new species, Passeriformes, Phthiraptera, South Africa

A total of 144 individuals of 46 bird species belonging to the 20 families were examined for chewing lice in South
Africa. Considering only the genus Myrsidea, a total of 19 birds of 8 species were parasitised with 8 species of
Myrsidea. Descriptions and illustrations are given for three new species of Myrsidea. The new species and their type
hosts are: Myrsidea aynazae ex Phyllastrephus flavostriatus (Sharpe) (Pycnonotidae), Myrsidea eslamii ex Zoothera
gurneyi (Hartlaub) (Turdidae) and Myrsidea mariquensis ex Bradornis mariquensis Smith (Muscicapidae). Records of
new host-louse associations are: Phyllastrephus terrestris Swainson (Pycnonotidae) for Myrsidea sp., Ploceus
intermedius Ruppell (Ploceidae) for Myrsidea sp., and Turdus libonyanus (Smith) (Turdidae) for Myrsidea sp.

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