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Skoracki M.,Adam Mickiewicz University | Hromada M.,University of Presov | Hromada M.,University of Life Sciences in Poznan | Unsoeld M.,Ornithological Section

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. Source

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

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. Source

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

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. Source

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

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. Source

Skoracki M.,Adam Mickiewicz University | Unsoeld M.,Ornithological Section | Skorupski M.,University of Life Sciences in Poznan
International Journal of Acarology

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. Source

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