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Ptilonyssus bombycillae Fain, 1972

Fig 111 (a). Ptilonyssus bombycillae female dorsal habitus.

Fig 111 (b). Ptilonyssus bombycillae female dorsum.

Fig 111 (c). Ptilonyssus bombycillae female venter.

North American host records:
Bombycilla cedrorum, Cedar Waxwing (Pence 1973, 1975; Knee et al. 2008)
Bombycilla garrulus, Bohemian Waxwing (Spicer 1978; Canadian National Collection
of Insects and Arachnids; Knee et al. 2008)

Diagnostic characteristics:
– two dorsal shields, podosomal and pygidial shields
– posterior margin of podosomal shield is trilobed
– st1 on sternal shield, st2 and st3 off shield
– subapical ventral setal pair on tarsus IV are relatively long strong spikes
– six pairs of ventral opisthosomal setae
– five pairs of mesolateral setae
– mesolateral setae all approximately equal in length, there are not two pairs of setae that are twice as long as another setal pair
– subposterior pair of dorsal podosomal setae are as long or almost as long as the longest mesolateral setae
– paranal setae posterior to anal opening, paranal and postanal setae are equal or almost equal in length

Fain, A. 1972. Nouveaux Rhinonyssidae (Acarina : Mesostigmata). Acarologia, 14: 357-364.
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. 1973. The nasal mites of birds from Louisiana. VI. New and additional records
        of Dermanyssids (Rhinonyssinae) with description of a new species.
        Journal of Parasitology, 59: 359-362.
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.
Spicer, G.S. 1978. A new species and several new host records of avian nasal mites (Acarina: 
        Rhinonyssinae, Turbinoptinae). Journal of Parasitology, 64: 891-894.