Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 59, Issue 1, pp 68–79 | Cite as

Quill mites of the subfamily Picobiinae (Acari: Syringophilidae) associated with woodpeckers (Aves: Piciformes: Picidae)

  • Maciej Skoracki
  • Markus Unsoeld
  • Katarzyna Kavetska
  • Katarzyna Kaszewska
Original Paper


The paper contains a review of quill mites of the subfamily Picobiinae (Acari: Prostigmata: Syringophilidae) associated with woodpeckers (Aves: Piciformes: Picidae). Three new species are described: Picobia mentalis Skoracki et Unsoeld sp. nov. from Picus mentalis Temminck, Neopicobia ea Skoracki et Unsoeld sp. nov. from Celeus flavus (St. Mueller) (type host), C. elegans (St. Mueller), C. torquatus (Boddaert), and Neopicobia freya Skoracki et Unsoeld sp. nov. from Dryocopus galeatus (Temminck) (type host) and Piculus rubiginosus (Swainson). Additionally, six new host species for Picobia heeri Haller, 1878 and 12 new host species for Picobia dryobatis (Fritsch, 1956) are reported. A complete list of the picobiines parasitising birds of the family Picidae is presented in the tabular form.


Acari Syringophilidae Picobiinae ectoparasites Piciformes Picidae 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maciej Skoracki
    • 1
  • Markus Unsoeld
    • 2
  • Katarzyna Kavetska
    • 3
  • Katarzyna Kaszewska
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Animal Morphology, Faculty of BiologyAdam Mickiewicz UniversityPoznańPoland
  2. 2.Ornithological SectionBavarian State Collection of ZoologyMunichGermany
  3. 3.Laboratory of Biology and Ecology of ParasitesWest Pomeranian University of TechnologySzczecinPoland

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