Ectoparasitic mites of the genus Gigantolaelaps (Acari: Mesostigmata: Laelapidae) associated with small mammals of the genus Nephelomys (Rodentia: Sigmodontinae), including two new species from Peru

Donald Gettinger, Scott L. Gardner

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Abstract

An extensive survey of small mammals and ectoparasites along an altitudinal transect in the Manu Biodiversity Reserve in Peru found the sigmodontine rodent genus Nephelomys infested by mites of the genus Gigantolaelaps Fonseca, 1939. Two distinct species co-occurred exclusively in the pelage of Nephelomys keaysi, G. inca Fonseca and G. minima n. sp. Nephelomys levipes, which replaces N. keaysi at higher elevations, was infested exclusively with a single new species, G. nebulosa n. sp. In this paper, we formally describe these new mite species, and provide more information on the morphology of G. inca.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)755-763
Number of pages9
JournalAcarologia
Volume57
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

Keywords

  • Ectoparasites
  • Gigantolaelaps inca fonseca
  • Gigantolaelaps minima n. Sp.
  • Gigantolaelaps nebulosa n. Sp.
  • Laelapidae
  • Nephelomys
  • Taxonomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science

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