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A revision of the chigger mite genus Paratrombicula Goff & Whitaker, 1984 (Acari: Trombiculidae), with the description of two new species

Abstract

The monotypic chigger mite genus Paratrombicula Goff & Whitaker, 1984 is expanded to include five species. Two new species of chiggers, parasitising iguanid lizards in Chile, Paratrombicula chilensis n. sp. and P. goffi n. sp., are described, and two species, P. neuquenensis (Goff & Gettinger, 1995) n. comb. and Paratrombicula plaumanni (Brennan & Jones, 1964) n. comb., are transferred to this genus from Parasecia Loomis, 1966 and Neotrombicula Hirst, 1925, respectively. A key to the species of Paratrombicula is presented.

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The authors are grateful to Karen Ardiles, Carlos Barrientos, Felipe Corvalán, Daniela Doussang, Jonatan Lara, Cecilia Marchant, Lucila Moreno, Sebastián Muñoz and Ana Pereira (students at the University of Concepción, Chile) for their help in the collection of chigger mites from lizards. This research was supported by a grant from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research No. 12-04-00354-a (to A.A.S.).

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Stekolnikov, A.A., González-Acuña, D. A revision of the chigger mite genus Paratrombicula Goff & Whitaker, 1984 (Acari: Trombiculidae), with the description of two new species. Syst Parasitol 83, 105–115 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11230-012-9373-8

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Keywords

  • Setal Formula
  • Chigger Mite
  • Dense Punctation
  • Murid Rodent
  • Mountain Refuge