A New Species of Sucking Louse from the Mandrill from Gabon with a Review of Host Associations and Geographical Distributions, and Identification Keys to Members of the Genus Pedicinus (Phthiraptera: Anoplura: Pedicinidae)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2020
Authors:L. A. Durden, Kessler, S. E., Boundenga, L., Ngoubangoye, B., Tsoumbou, T. A., Moussadji-Kinga, C. I., Halbwax, M., Setchell, J. M., Nichols, J., Greiman, S. E.
Journal:Journal of Parasitology
Pagination:221 - 232
Date Published:03-2020
Keywords:dichotomous key, Gabon, geographical distributions, Host associations, new species

Members of the sucking louse genus Pedicinus are ectoparasites of cercopithecid primates in Africa,
Asia, and Gibraltar. Pedicinus gabonensis n. sp. is described on the basis of adult male and female
specimens collected from the mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx) in Gabon. The new species is compared
morphologically with other members of the genus Pedicinus, and a nuclear elongation factor 1 alpha
gene sequence is provided. Host associations and geographical distributions of the 18 previously
recognized species of the genus and of P. gabonensis n. sp. are reviewed. Updated identification keys
are provided for males and females of all known valid species of Pedicinus.

Short Title:Journal of Parasitology
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