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Description of Medwayella independencia (Siphonaptera, Stivaliidae), a new species of flea from Mindanao Island, the Philippines and their phoretic mites, and miscellaneous flea records from the Malay Archipelago.

Hastriter MW, Bush SE - Zookeys (2014)

Bottom Line: A key to the male sex of Medwayella is provided.Phoretic mites of the genus Psylloglyphus (family Winterschmidtiidae) were present under the abdominal sclerites of several male and female specimens of M. independencia.This is the second report of a phoretic mite on a species of Medwayella Traub.

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Affiliation: Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, U.S.A.

ABSTRACT
Medwayella independencia, a new species of flea, is described from the tupaiid host Urogale everetti (Thomas) from Mindanao Island, Philippines. Several other species of fleas are also recorded from the Philippines including a single male of Lentistivalius philippinensis Hastriter and Bush, 2013 (previously known only from two males), the bat fleas Thaumapsylla breviceps orientalis Smit and Thaumapsylla longiforceps Traub, a single unidentified female species of Macrostylophora Ewing collected from the murid Bullimus bagobos Mearns, and a pair of Medwayella robinsoni ssp. from Sundasciurus hoogstraali (Sanborn) from Busuanga Island, Philippines. Representatives of Medwayella Traub, 1972 and Macrostylophora have not previously been recorded from the Philippines. A key to the male sex of Medwayella is provided. Phoretic mites of the genus Psylloglyphus (family Winterschmidtiidae) were present under the abdominal sclerites of several male and female specimens of M. independencia. This is the second report of a phoretic mite on a species of Medwayella Traub. The co-evolutionary implications between phoretic mites and fleas are discussed.

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Medwayella independencia, sp. n., holotype male (P-5525) terminal segments illustrating four mites beneath T-VIII (see arrows). (Scale: 400 µm).
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Figure 4: Medwayella independencia, sp. n., holotype male (P-5525) terminal segments illustrating four mites beneath T-VIII (see arrows). (Scale: 400 µm).

Mentions: Phoretic astigmatid mites were noted on three of the five whole mounted specimens of Medwayella independencia. Phoresy among mites is a well-known behavior (Houck and OConnor 1991, Bajerlein et al. 2013) and involves numerous accounts of the deutonymphs infesting fleas (Fain and Beaucournu 1993). The bionomics of the twelve genera representing three families (Acaridae, Histiostomatidae and Winterschmidtiidae) that infest fleas (Fain and Beaucournu 1993) are poorly understood. All mites infesting Medwayella independencia appear to represent the same species. These mites are tentatively identified as the genus Psylloglyphus (family Winterschmidtiidae) (Personal Comm. Dr. Barry M. OConnor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, based on his observation of image, Fig. 13). Fain and Beaucournu (1976) described Psylloglyphus maculatus from Medwayella robinsoni ssp. collected from Tupaia glis Diard and Duvaucel from Selangor, Malaysia. Our record is the second documentation of a phoretic mite found on the genus Medwayella.


Description of Medwayella independencia (Siphonaptera, Stivaliidae), a new species of flea from Mindanao Island, the Philippines and their phoretic mites, and miscellaneous flea records from the Malay Archipelago.

Hastriter MW, Bush SE - Zookeys (2014)

Medwayella independencia, sp. n., holotype male (P-5525) terminal segments illustrating four mites beneath T-VIII (see arrows). (Scale: 400 µm).
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Figure 4: Medwayella independencia, sp. n., holotype male (P-5525) terminal segments illustrating four mites beneath T-VIII (see arrows). (Scale: 400 µm).
Mentions: Phoretic astigmatid mites were noted on three of the five whole mounted specimens of Medwayella independencia. Phoresy among mites is a well-known behavior (Houck and OConnor 1991, Bajerlein et al. 2013) and involves numerous accounts of the deutonymphs infesting fleas (Fain and Beaucournu 1993). The bionomics of the twelve genera representing three families (Acaridae, Histiostomatidae and Winterschmidtiidae) that infest fleas (Fain and Beaucournu 1993) are poorly understood. All mites infesting Medwayella independencia appear to represent the same species. These mites are tentatively identified as the genus Psylloglyphus (family Winterschmidtiidae) (Personal Comm. Dr. Barry M. OConnor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, based on his observation of image, Fig. 13). Fain and Beaucournu (1976) described Psylloglyphus maculatus from Medwayella robinsoni ssp. collected from Tupaia glis Diard and Duvaucel from Selangor, Malaysia. Our record is the second documentation of a phoretic mite found on the genus Medwayella.

Bottom Line: A key to the male sex of Medwayella is provided.Phoretic mites of the genus Psylloglyphus (family Winterschmidtiidae) were present under the abdominal sclerites of several male and female specimens of M. independencia.This is the second report of a phoretic mite on a species of Medwayella Traub.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, U.S.A.

ABSTRACT
Medwayella independencia, a new species of flea, is described from the tupaiid host Urogale everetti (Thomas) from Mindanao Island, Philippines. Several other species of fleas are also recorded from the Philippines including a single male of Lentistivalius philippinensis Hastriter and Bush, 2013 (previously known only from two males), the bat fleas Thaumapsylla breviceps orientalis Smit and Thaumapsylla longiforceps Traub, a single unidentified female species of Macrostylophora Ewing collected from the murid Bullimus bagobos Mearns, and a pair of Medwayella robinsoni ssp. from Sundasciurus hoogstraali (Sanborn) from Busuanga Island, Philippines. Representatives of Medwayella Traub, 1972 and Macrostylophora have not previously been recorded from the Philippines. A key to the male sex of Medwayella is provided. Phoretic mites of the genus Psylloglyphus (family Winterschmidtiidae) were present under the abdominal sclerites of several male and female specimens of M. independencia. This is the second report of a phoretic mite on a species of Medwayella Traub. The co-evolutionary implications between phoretic mites and fleas are discussed.

No MeSH data available.


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