Two new species and new records of chigger mites (Acariformes: Trombiculidae) from South Africa
Stekolnikov A.A., Quetglas J., Ibáñez C., Sánchez-Navarro S.
International Journal of Acarology, 48 (7): 594–604 (2022).
S U M M A R Y
Based on a series of collections, two new species are described from South Africa, Kayella bothmai sp. n. and
Schoutedenichia finisafricae sp. n., parasitizing Micaelamys namaquensis (A. Smith) in Eastern and Northern
Cape Provinces, respectively. The new species of Kayella Vercammen-Grandjean, 1960, recently recorded as
Kayella sp., is the first species of this genus on the African continent. The species Schoutedenichia major
Vercammen-Grandjean, 1958, which was described from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is for the first
time recorded in South Africa and on two species of murid rodents. Full morphometric and meristic data of
Microtrombicula squirreli Stekolnikov, 2018 and Schoutedenichia paraxeri Vercammen-Grandjean, 1958,
which were recently recorded in South Africa for the first time, are provided.