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To the fauna of chigger mites (Acari: Trombiculidae) parasitize bats in Cuba

M. Daniel and A.A. Stekolnikov

Acarologia, 43(1): 29-37 (2003).


Three new species, Microtrombicula cernyi n. sp., M. septemsetosa n. sp. and Myotrombicula dusbabeki n. sp., are described from bats collected in Cuba. M. boneti (Hoffmann, 1952) is recorded for the first time in Cuba and on several new host genera and species.

M. cernyi n. sp. is similar to M. carmenae (Brennan et Jones, 1960) and differs from this species in fPp=B/B/NNB against B/B/BNB, palpal claw 2-pronged vs. 3-pronged, eyes 2 vs. 2+2, fPp=2H-8-8-8-... vs. 2H-6-6-6-4-2-2, and NDV=85—90 vs. 58.

M. septemsetosa n. sp. differs from all other Microtrombicula in having fT=6BS or 7B vs. 6B. It is similar to M. sturnirae Webb et Loomis, 1971 and differs from this species in absence of pretarsala II, much longer tarsala I (24 vs. 12—15), eyes 2 vs. 2+2, very convex anterior margin of scutum, fPp=B/B/NNB vs. B/B/BBB, 4 setae in 4th row of D (vs. 6) and Ip=470—520 vs. 518—580).

Myotrombicula dusbabeki n. sp. differs from all other Myotrombicula in absence of eyes, simple cheliceral blade, NDV=243 vs. 130—150, very small scutum, gnathosoma and legs.

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