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Fig 103 (a). Ptilonyssus pirangae female dorsal habitus.

Fig 103 (b). Ptilonyssus pirangae female dorsum.

Fig 103 (c). Ptilonyssus pirangae female venter.

Ptilonyssus (=Neonyssus) pirangae (Cerny, 1969)

North American host records:
Piranga ludoviciana, Western Tanager (Knee et al. 2008)
Piranga rubra, Summer Tanager (Pence 1972, 1975)

Parus bicolor, Tufted Titmouse (Pence 1972, 1975)

Diagnostic characteristics:
– two dorsal shields, podosomal and fused opisthosomal and pygidial shields
– posterior margin of podosomal shield is straight
– opisthosomal shield is longer than wide, but not twice as long as wide
– lateral excavation of the posterior portion of the opisthosomal shield
– posterior margin of opisthosomal shield is invaginated forming an inverted V indent
– anterior margin of opisthosomal shield is straight
– st1 st2 and st3 on the sternal shield
– subapical ventral setal pair on tarsus IV are relatively long strong spikes
– five pairs of ventral opisthosomal setae
– four 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 less than half the length of the longest mesolateral setae
– paranal setae anterior to anal opening, paranal and postanal setae are equal or almost equal in length

Cerny, V. 1969. Six new nasal mites (Mesostigmata, Ptilonyssidae) from Cuban birds. Folia Parasitologica,
: 227-235.
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. 1972. The nasal mites of birds from Louisiana III. The genus Ptilonyssus
        (Dermanyssidae: Rhinonyssinae) with description of a new species. Journal of Parasitology, 58: 790-795.
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.