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Skoracki M.,Adam Mickiewicz University | Hromada M.,University of Prešov | Hromada M.,University of Life Sciences in Poznań | Unsoeld M.,Ornithological Section
Zootaxa | Year: 2013

Three new species of the genus Neoaulonastus Skoracki, 2004 found inside the quills of the body feathers are described: N. tanzanicus sp. nov. from Euplectes axillaris (Smith) (Passeriformes: Ploceidae), N. quelea sp. nov. from Quelea quelea Linnaeus (Ploceidae) and N. granatina sp. nov. from Granatina ianthinogaster Reichenow (Estrildidae). All avian hosts were captured in Tanzania. Key to Neoaulonastus species is proposed. © 2013 Magnolia Press.


Skoracki M.,Adam Mickiewicz University | Kaszewska K.,Adam Mickiewicz University | Unsoeld M.,Ornithological Section | Skorupski M.,University of Life Sciences in Poznań
International Journal of Acarology | Year: 2015

A new species Meitingsunes caprimulgus sp. nov. (Acari: Syringophilidae) from Chordeiles minor (Forster) (Caprimulgiformes: Caprimulgidae) in Colombia is described. This is the first syringophilid record from birds of the order Caprimulgiformes. Up to now, members of the genus Meitingsunes Glowska and Skoracki, 2010 have been recorded only from birds of the order Columbiformes. Because, there is no evidence of direct phylogenetical links between the orders Caprimulgiformes and Columbiformes, the record of M. caprimulgus sp. nov. on the nightjar can be considered as an example of host-shift.http://zoobank.org/urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:4C96B5A2-2379-44AD-BE0A-A926605A150B. © 2015 Taylor and Francis.


Hromada M.,University of Prešov | Hromada M.,University of Zielona Gora | Klimovicova M.,University of Prešov | Unsold M.,Ornithological Section | Skoracki M.,Adam Mickiewicz University
Systematic and Applied Acarology | Year: 2016

Cuckoos are known for being brood parasites, however, the majority of the family Cuculidae (Aves: Cuculiformes) raise their own young. In those brood parasitic cuckoo species, raised by their fosterers, direct contact between a parent and its offspring is unknown. Life cycle and ecology of their ectoparasites therefore remain enigmatic. Until now, only one quill mite species (Acari: Prostigmata: Syringophilidae) parasitising brood parasitic cuckoo, Cuculus canorus L., was known. Therefore, we investigated syringophilid fauna of four other parasitic species of the family Cuculidae: Cuculus solitarius Steph., Cercococcyx montanus Chap., Pachycoccyx audeberti (Schl.), and Scythrops novaehollandiae (Lath.), as well as four non-parasitic species: Crotophaga ani L., C. sulcirostris Swain., Guira guira (Gmel.) and Centropus goliath (Bonap.). We have found out that all studied parasitic species as well as one non-parasitic cuckoo, Centropus goliath, forming one phylogenetic lineage, harbour the same quill mite species, Cuculisyringophilus chirovi (Bochkov & Mironov), but three other non-parasitic cuckoos forming a sister clade are infected by three different syringophilid species: Calamincola lobatus Casto, Crotophagisyringophilus io Skoracki, and Cuculisyringophilus crotophaginusSkoracki. These findings confirm the knowledge on other groups of ectoparasites associated with avian brood parasites that their ectoparasite species richness is substantially lower compared to sister, non-parasitic lineages. However, the question of transmission to new host individuals is raised: how are quill mites, dwelling practically all their lives (except short transmission episode) inside a calamus cavity, able to infect other parasitic cuckoos: if they never meet their biological parents then vertical transmission cannot be possible?. © Systematic & Applied Acarology Society.


Skoracki M.,Adam Mickiewicz University | Unsoeld M.,Ornithological Section | Skorupski M.,University of Life Sciences in Poznań
International Journal of Acarology | Year: 2014

Pteroclidisyringophilus otididus sp. nov. (Syringophilidae: Syringophilinae) is described from the Houbara Bustard Chlamydotis undulata (Jacquin) (Otididae) from Tunisia. This is the first record of a syringophilid species from Otidiformes. © 2014 Taylor & Francis.


Skoracki M.,Adam Mickiewicz University | Mironov S.V.,Russian Academy of Sciences | Unsoeld M.,Ornithological Section
Zootaxa | Year: 2013

Two new species of quill mites of the family Syringophilidae parasitising trogoniform birds (Trogoniformes: Trogonidae) are described: Syringophiloidus quetzali sp. nov. from Pharomachrus mocinno Llave and Ph. antisianus (Orbigny); and Syringophilopsis trogoni sp. nov. from Trogon citreolus Gould and T. melanocephalus Gould. These findings are the first records of syringophilids associated with trogoniform birds. Copyright © 2013 Magnolia Press.


Zmudzinski M.,Adam Mickiewicz University | Unsoeld M.,Ornithological Section | Knee W.,Agriculture and Agri Food Canada | Skoracki M.,Adam Mickiewicz University
Annals of parasitology | Year: 2015

Four accipitriform bird species of the family Accipitridae are reported as new hosts for quill mites (Acari: Cheyletoidea: Syringophilidae): Megasyringophilus aquilus Skoracki, Lontkowski and Stawarczyk, 2010 was collected from Hieraaetus pennatus Gmelin, 1788 in France and Spain, and Buteo jamaicensis Gmelin, 1788 in Canada; Peristerophila accipitridicus Skoracki, Lontkowski and Stawarczyk, 2010 was collected from Circaetus gallicus Gmelin, 1788 in France, and Buteo lagopus Pontoppidan, 1763 in Germany.


PubMed | Adam Mickiewicz University, Ornithological Section and Agriculture and Agri Food Canada
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Annals of parasitology | Year: 2016

Four accipitriform bird species of the family Accipitridae are reported as new hosts for quill mites (Acari: Cheyletoidea: Syringophilidae): Megasyringophilus aquilus Skoracki, Lontkowski and Stawarczyk, 2010 was collected from Hieraaetus pennatus Gmelin, 1788 in France and Spain, and Buteo jamaicensis Gmelin, 1788 in Canada; Peristerophila accipitridicus Skoracki, Lontkowski and Stawarczyk, 2010 was collected from Circaetus gallicus Gmelin, 1788 in France, and Buteo lagopus Pontoppidan, 1763 in Germany.


Skoracki M.,Adam Mickiewicz University | Unsoeld M.,Ornithological Section | Marciniak N.,Adam Mickiewicz University | Sikora B.,Adam Mickiewicz University
Journal of Medical Entomology | Year: 2016

The quill mite fauna of the family Syringophilidae (Acari: Prostigmata: Cheyletoidea) associated with owls (Aves: Strigiformes) is reviewed. A new genus is proposed, Neobubophilus Skoracki & Unsoeld gen. nov. It differs from closely related Bubophilus (Bubophilus Philips and Norton, 1978) by the absence of leg setae vsII in the both sexes. In addition, four new species are described: (1) Neobubophilus cunicularius Skoracki & Unsoeld sp. nov. from Athene cunicularia (Molina, 1782) (Strigidae) from Paraguay; (2) Neobubophilus atheneus Skoracki & Unsoeld sp. nov. from Athene noctua (Scopoli, 1769) and Athene brama (Temminck, 1821) (Strigidae), both from India; (3) Bubophilus tytonus Skoracki & Unsoeld sp. nov. from Tyto alba affinis (Blyth, 1862) (Tytonidae) from Cameroon, and (4) Megasyringophilus dalmas Skoracki & Unsoeld sp. nov. from Megascops choliba (Vieillot, 1817) (Strigidae) from Venezuela. The following new host species are given: Bubo bubo (Linnaeus, 1758) (Strigidae) from Nepal for Bubophilus ascalaphus (Philips and Norton 1978) and Strix woodfordii (Smith, 1834) (Strigidae) from Tanzania for Bubophilus aluconis (aluconis Nattress and Skoracki 2009). A key for syringophilid genera and species associated with owls is constructed. The host-parasite relationships of syringophilid mites and owls are discussed. © The Authors 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Entomological Society of America. All rights reserved.


PubMed | Adam Mickiewicz University and Ornithological Section
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of medical entomology | Year: 2016

The parasitic quill mites of the family Syringophilidae (Acariformes: Prostigmata) are recorded on ibises and spoonbills (Pelecaniformes: Threskiornithidae) for the first time. Four new species of the genus Stibarokris Kethley, 1970 are described: 1) S. theristicus Skoracki, Zmudzinski & Unsoeld sp. nov. ex Theristicus caudatus (Boddaert, 1783) from Brazil, 2) S. geronticus Skoracki, Zmudzinski & Unsoeld sp. nov. ex Geronticus calvus (Boddaert, 1783) from South Africa, 3) S. brevisetosus Skoracki & Zmudzinski sp. nov. ex Plegadis falcinellus (L., 1766) from Turkey, and 4) S. plataleus Skoracki & Zmudzinski sp. nov. ex Platalea leucorodia L., 1758 from Austria. Additionally, a key to all described species in the genus is presented, and hypothesis of the Gondwanan origin of syringophilids associated with ibises and spoonbills is briefly discussed.

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