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Diversity and taxonomy of feather mites (Arachnida: Acari: Astigmata) on birds of Brazil

Grant number: 11/50145-0
Support type:BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Young Investigators Grants
Duration: October 01, 2011 - September 30, 2016
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology
Principal Investigator:Fábio Rau Akashi Hernandes
Grantee:Fábio Rau Akashi Hernandes
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Rio Claro , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):11/20805-8 - Diversity and taxonomy of feather mites (Arachnida: Acari: Astigmata) on Passeriformes (Aves) in Brazil, AP.BTA.JP

Abstract

Despite the Neotropical region harbors the largest bird diversity of the world, the feather mites associated with those birds still remain poorly studied. The lack or scarcity of taxonomic studies on these mites renders their identification difficult therefore blocking a clearer image of the many ecological aspects such as species diversity, their prevalence on birds, and host-parasite associations. In this project the candidate aims to study the diversity of feather mites on birds mainly in the state of São Paulo, with mainly a taxonomic approach. The main goals of the project are: 1) to describe new feather mite species, map and explore their host associations; 2) revise obscure taxa, aiming to provide a clearer panorama of their real diversity; 3) provide identification keys for the main genera commonly associated with these birds; 4) establish a scientific collection of feather mites including genetic material. Taxonomic studies will focus on the largest feather mite family, i.e. Proctophyllodidae, which has many genera commonly associated with passerines in Brazil, like Amerodectes, Tyrannidectes and Metapterodectes. However, mites from other taxa might also be studied, including descriptions of new species, redescriptions and taxonomic revisions. Besides taxonomic data, this project will eventually provide important data on the ecology and useful for conservation of this largely unknown group, contributing to fill the gap on this research theme in Brazil. (AU)

Scientific publications (33)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
PEREIRA, D. M.; HERNANDES, F. A.; SANTOS, A. C. G.; NOGUEIRA, R. M. S. Feather mites (Acari: Astigmata) of captive Psittaciformes in Brazil. Arquivo Brasileiro de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia, v. 70, n. 3, p. 843-849, MAY-JUN 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
HERNANDES, FABIO A. Two new species of Trouessartia Canestrini, 1899 (Astigmata: Trouessartiidae) from passeriform birds in Brazil. Systematic Parasitology, v. 94, n. 9, p. 1019-1032, NOV 2017. Web of Science Citations: 2.
HERNANDES, FABIO A.; MIRONOV, SERGEY V. A systematic review of the feather mite genus Hyperpedalloptes Dubinin (Acariformes: Alloptidae) from Old World ibises (Pelecaniformes: Threskiornithidae), with descriptions of previously unknown adult morphs. SYSTEMATIC AND APPLIED ACAROLOGY, v. 22, n. 11, p. 1936-1958, NOV 2017. Web of Science Citations: 1.
HERNANDES, FABIO AKASHI; OCONNOR, BARRY M. Out of Africa: the mite community (Arachnida: Acariformes) of the common waxbill, Estrilda astrild (Linnaeus, 1758) (Passeriformes: Estrildidae) in Brazil. PARASITES & VECTORS, v. 10, JUN 21 2017. Web of Science Citations: 6.
HERNANDES, FABIO AKASHI; BAUCHAN, GARY R.; OCHOA, RONALD. New and little known feather mites (Acariformes: Astigmata) analysed with low-temperature scanning electron microscopy. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ACAROLOGY, v. 43, n. 7, p. 499-517, 2017. Web of Science Citations: 2.
HERNANDES, FABIO AKASHI; PEDROSO, LUIZ GUSTAVO A. Two new feather mites of the genus Protonyssus Trouessart, 1916 (Acariformes: Xolalgidae) from Brazilian parakeets (Psittacidae), with a key to species. International Journal of Acarology, v. 43, n. 3, p. 204-211, 2017. Web of Science Citations: 2.
HERNANDES, FABIO AKASHI; OCONNOR, BARRY M.; BAUCHAN, GARY R.; OCHOA, RONALD. A new species of Proctophyllodes Robin, 1868 (Acari: Proctophyllodidae) from two tanagers of the genus Piranga Vieillot (Passeriformes: Cardinalidae) from North America. Journal of Natural History, v. 51, n. 41-42, p. 2407-2416, 2017. Web of Science Citations: 0.
HERNANDES, FABIO AKASHI; PEDROSO, LUIZ GUSTAVO A.; ONIKI-WILLIS, YOSHIKA. Five new feather mites of the subfamily Pterodectinae (Acariformes: Astigmata: Proctophyllodidae) from passerines and hummingbirds (Aves) of Brazil. Zootaxa, v. 4161, n. 3, p. 301-328, SEP 6 2016. Web of Science Citations: 6.
MIRONOV, SERGEY V.; HERNANDES, FABIO A.; VALIM, MICHEL P. A new feather mite of the genus Pteronyssoides Hull, 1931 (Astigmata: Pteronyssidae) from thrushes (Passeriformes: Turdidae) in the New World. Systematic Parasitology, v. 93, n. 1, p. 83-89, JAN 2016. Web of Science Citations: 1.
HERNANDES, FABIO A.; MIRONOV, SERGEY V.; BAUCHAN, GARY R.; OCHOA, RONALD A. A new asymmetrical feather mite of the genus Michaelia Trouessart, 1884 (Astigmata: Freyanidae) from the Neotropical Cormorant, Phalacrocorax brasilianus (Pelecaniformes). ACAROLOGIA, v. 56, n. 1, p. 45-61, 2016. Web of Science Citations: 4.
SKORACKI, MACIEJ; MIRONOV, SERGEY V.; HERNANDES, FABIO A.; VALIM, MICHEL P. Syringophilid quill mites (Acari: Syringophilidae) parasitizing passerines (Aves: Passeriformes) in Brazil. International Journal of Acarology, v. 42, n. 5, p. 252-257, 2016. Web of Science Citations: 1.
SILVA, H. M.; HERNANDES, F. A.; PICHORIM, M. Feather mites (Acari, Astigmata) associated with birds in an Atlantic Forest fragment in Northeastern Brazil. Brazilian Journal of Biology, v. 75, n. 3, p. 726-735, AUG 2015. Web of Science Citations: 9.
HERNANDES, FABIO AKASHI; OCONNOR, BARRY M. Cystoidosoma hermaphroditus sp n., the first representative of the quill mite family Ascouracaridae (Acari: Astigmata: Pterolichoidea) from an owl (Aves: Strigiformes). FOLIA PARASITOLOGICA, v. 62, JUL 22 2015. Web of Science Citations: 1.
HERNANDES, FABIO AKASHI; VALIM, MICHEL P. A new species of the genus Trouessartia Canestrini (Acari: Trouessartiidae) from Neotropical passerines (Aves: Tyrannidae). International Journal of Acarology, v. 41, n. 5, p. 382-388, JUL 4 2015. Web of Science Citations: 10.
HERNANDES, FABIO A. Two new feather mites of the genus Calcealges Gaud, 1952 (Acari: Trouessartiidae) from antbirds (Passeriformes: Thamnophilidae) in Brazil. Systematic Parasitology, v. 91, n. 3, p. 241-252, JUL 2015. Web of Science Citations: 2.
MIRONOV, SERGEY V.; HERNANDES, FABIO A.; PEDROSO, LUIZ GUSTAVO A. New feather mites of the genera Aniacarus and Aniibius (Acariformes: Pterolichidae) from two cuckoo species (Cuculiformes: Cuculidae) in Brazil. Zootaxa, v. 3937, n. 1, p. 103-126, MAR 24 2015. Web of Science Citations: 5.
PEDROSO, LUIZ GUSTAVO A.; HERNANDES, FABIO A.; MIRONOV, SERGEY V. New records of feather mites (Acari: Astigmata) from Brazil, with description of a new species from the Black Vulture (Aves: Cathartidae). International Journal of Acarology, v. 41, n. 2, p. 181-188, FEB 17 2015. Web of Science Citations: 4.
HERNANDES, FABIO AKASHI; PEDROSO, LUIZ GUSTAVO A.; BOCHKOV, ANDRE V. Carcinopodacarus polymorphus gen. n. et sp n. from Guira guira (Cuculiformes: Cuculidae) in Brazil: a first example of male polymorphism in the family Dermationidae (Acariformes: Analgoidea). FOLIA PARASITOLOGICA, v. 62, JAN 13 2015. Web of Science Citations: 5.
MIRONOV, SERGEY; HERNANDES, FABIO AKASHI. Two new species of the feather mite genus Analloptes (Trouessart, 1885) (Acariformes: Astigmata: Xolalgidae) from passerines (Aves: Passeriformes) in Brazil. Zootaxa, v. 3889, n. 4, p. 589-600, DEC 3 2014. Web of Science Citations: 5.
HERNANDES, FABIO AKASHI; PEDROSO, LUIZ GUSTAVO A.; MIRONOV, SERGEY V. From cuckoos to chickens: a caught-in-the-act case of host shift in feather mites (Arachnida: Acari: Psoroptoididae). Parasitology Research, v. 113, n. 12, p. 4355-4361, DEC 2014. Web of Science Citations: 10.
HERNANDES, FABIO AKASHI. Five new species of the feather mite genus Trouessartia Canestrini from South America (Acari: Trouessartiidae). Zootaxa, v. 3856, n. 1, p. 50-72, AUG 21 2014. Web of Science Citations: 17.
GONCALVES-SOUZA, THIAGO; GIUPPONI, ALESSANDRO P. L.; HERNANDES, FABLO A. A rare finding of mites (Arachnida: Acari: Leeuwenhoekiidae) parasitising a whip spider (Arachnida: Amblypygi: Charinidae). FOLIA PARASITOLOGICA, v. 61, n. 2, p. 182-184, APR 2014. Web of Science Citations: 6.
HERNANDES, FABIO AKASHI. The feather mites of nightjars (Aves: Caprimulgidae), with descriptions of two new species from Brazil (Acari: Xolalgidae, Gabuciniidae). FOLIA PARASITOLOGICA, v. 61, n. 2, p. 173-181, APR 2014. Web of Science Citations: 5.
HERNANDES, FABIO AKASHI. Three new proctophyllodine feather mites (Acari: Proctophyllodidae) from passerines in Brazil (Aves: Passeriformes). Journal of Natural History, v. 48, n. 3-4, p. 185-202, JAN 25 2014. Web of Science Citations: 2.
HERNANDES, FABIO AKASHI. A new genus and species of pterodectine feather mite (Acari: Proctophyllodidae) from Tod-Tyrants in Brazil (Passeriformes: Tyrannidae). ACTA PARASITOLOGICA, v. 58, n. 3, p. 309-316, SEP 2013. Web of Science Citations: 9.
HERNANDES, FABIO A.; OCONNOR, BARRY M. A review of the genus Anisodiscus Gaud & Mouchet (Acari, Proctophyllodidae) from Madagascar sunbirds (Passeriformes: Nectariniidae), with observations on male genital morphology. International Journal of Acarology, v. 39, n. 5, p. 423-434, JUL 31 2013. Web of Science Citations: 3.
HERNANDES, FABIO AKASHI. Two new feather mite species (Acari, Pteronyssidae) from the white-barred piculet, Picumnus cirratus (Ayes, Piciformes). FOLIA PARASITOLOGICA, v. 59, n. 4, p. 301-307, DEC 2012. Web of Science Citations: 6.
HERNANDES, FABIO A.; VALIM, MICHEL P. The genus Nanopterodectes Mironov, 2009 (Acari, Proctophyllodidae), with descriptions of three new species from antbirds (Passeriformes: Thamnophilidae) in Brazil. Systematic Parasitology, v. 83, n. 3, p. 227-242, NOV 2012. Web of Science Citations: 8.

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