Ptilonyssus cerchneis Fain, 1957

















Fig 108 (a). Ptilonyssus cerchneis female dorsal habitus.

Fig 108 (b). Ptilonyssus cerchneis female dorsum.

Fig 108 (c). Ptilonyssus cerchneis female venter.

North American host records:
Falco sparverius, American Kestrel (Strandtmann 1962; Pence 1975; Knee et al. 2008)

Diagnostic characteristics:
- two dorsal shields, podosomal and pygidial shields
- pygidial shield in two fragments without subposterior setal pair on the fragments
- posterior margin of podosomal shield is trilobed
- dorsal opisthosoma with narrow area of thickened cuticle
- serrated deutosternal teeth in a single file
- st1 on with st2 and st3 off the sternal shield
- subapical ventral setal pair on tarsus IV are relatively long strong spikes
- six pairs of ventral opisthosomal setae
- three pairs of mesolateral setae
- subposterior pair of dorsal podosomal setae are longer than the longest mesolateral setae
- paranal setae posterior to anal opening, postanal seta absent

Fain, A. 1957. Les acariens des familles Epidermoptidae et Rhinonyssidae parasites des fosses nasales
        d’oiseaux au Ruanda-Urundi et au Congo Belge. Annales du Musee Royal du Congo Belge
        Tervuren, 60: 1-174.

Knee, W., Proctor, H., and Galloway, T. 2008. Survey of nasal mites (Rhinonyssidae, Ereynetidae,
        and Turbinoptidae) associated with birds in Alberta and Manitoba, Canada. Canadian Entomologist,
: 364-379.

Pence, D.B. 1975. Keys, species and host list, and bibliography for nasal mites of
        North American birds (Acarina: Rhinonyssinae, Turbinoptinae,
        Speleognathinae, and Cytoditidae). Special Publications of the Museum Texas
        Tech University, 8: 1-148.
Strandtmann, R.W. 1962. A ptilonyssid mite from the sparrow hawk, Falco sparverius.
        Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 64: 100-102.