Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 75, Issue 3, pp 187–206 | Cite as

Feather mites (Astigmata: Psoroptidia) parasitising the rock ptarmigan Lagopus muta (Montin) (Aves: Galliformes) in Iceland

  • Sergey V. MironovEmail author
  • Karl Skirnisson
  • Solrun Th. Thorarinsdottir
  • Olafur K. Nielsen


Four new species of feather mites are described from the Icelandic rock ptarmigan Lagopus muta islandorum (Faber) in Iceland. These are Metamicrolichus islandicus n. sp., Myialges borealis n. sp. (Epidermoptidae), Strelkoviacarus holoaspis n. sp. (Analgidae) and Tetraolichus lagopi n. sp. (Pterolichidae). This is the first report on feather mites associated with the Icelandic rock ptarmigan. Brief comments on the systematics and biology of corresponding feather mite genera are given. For two species, originally described in Pterolichus Robin, 1868 (Pterolichidae), new combinations are proposed, i.e. Tetraolichus gaudi (Černý, 1971) n. comb. and T. microdiscus (Trouessart, 1887) n. comb.


Rock Ptarmigan Ventral Seta Feather Mite Female Paratypes Hysteronotal Shield 
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Facilities for processing the birds were provided by the North East Iceland Nature Center and the Lake Myvatn Nature Research Station. The following individuals assisted with the collection and processing of the birds: Adalsteinn Ö. Snaethorsson, Finnur L. Johannsson, Gudmundur A. Gudmundsson, Haukur Haraldsson, Isabel P. de Paz, Olöf G. Sigurdardottir, Thorkell L. Thorarinsson and Thorvaldur Th. Björnsson. Logistics were provided by the Icelandic Institute of Natural History. The study was supported for KS by the Research Fund of the University of Iceland and for SVM by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (Grant No 07-04-00426a). Comparative material used in the study belongs to the collection UFC ZIN No 2-2.20 (Zoological Institute, St Petersburg, Russia).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sergey V. Mironov
    • 1
    Email author
  • Karl Skirnisson
    • 2
  • Solrun Th. Thorarinsdottir
    • 2
  • Olafur K. Nielsen
    • 3
  1. 1.Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of SciencesUniversitetskaya quay 1Saint PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.Laboratory of Parasitology, Institute for Experimental Pathology, KeldurUniversity of IcelandReykjavikIceland
  3. 3.The Icelandic Institute of Natural HistoryReykjavikIceland

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