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Taxonomy, systematics and diversity of the chewing lice (Insecta, Phthiraptera, Amblycera and Ischnocera) on birds (Aves) in Brazil

Grant number: 11/11420-5
Support type:Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants
Duration: March 01, 2012 - February 29, 2016
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology
Principal Investigator:Michel Paiva Valim
Grantee:Michel Paiva Valim
Home Institution: Museu de Zoologia (MZ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers:Alexandre Luis Padovan Aleixo ; Luís Fábio Silveira
Associated scholarship(s):15/07135-4 - Extraction and amplification of DNA from the Ischnocera parasitic on non-Passeriformes birds held in ectoparasitological collection of the MZUSP, BP.IC
14/22625-5 - Taxonomy, systematics and diversity of the chewing lice (Insecta, Phthiraptera, Amblycera and Ischnocera) on birds (Aves) in Brazil, BP.IC
12/06951-4 - Taxonomy, systematics and diversity of the chewing lice (Insecta, Phthiraptera, Amblycera and Ischnocera) on birds (Aves) in Brazil, BP.JP

Abstract

Phthiraptera is an order of insect ectoparasites on birds and mammals and is divided into four suborders: Anoplura, Rhynchophthirina, Amblycera, and Ischnocera. The Amblycera and Ischnocera are known as chewing lice, and include four families distributed worldwide, comprising about 211 genera and 3900 species, all found exclusively on birds. Although Brazil has the third highest avian diversity of any country in the world (ca. 1800 species), avian chewing lice from Brazilian birds have been little studied and only ~35% of bird species that occur in the country have been investigated for the presence of these parasitic insects. This project aims to fill this knowledge gap by reactivating a line of research focusing mainly on taxonomy and systematics of Phthiraptera, which was once well represented by Brazilian workers but that is now lacking key researchers, not only in Brazil but worldwide. I propose to work in the ectoparasite collection at the Museu de Zoologia, USP, which contains the largest number of avian chewing lice in South America, with the following general objectives: (1) curate the Phthiraptera specimens deposited in the MZUSP collection, (2) catalogue and digitize the data associated with the specimens, (3) photographically document all species deposited in the collection, (4) sort, identify and describe new taxa present in the MZUSP collection, (5) re-describe poorly known species, (6) review the Brazilian species from "mega-diverse" chewing louse genera with currently unresolved taxonomy and systematics, (7) analyze phylogeographic and phylogenetic data for Brazilian species of such "mega-diverse" genera using both morphological and molecular data, (8) field sampling to incorporate new specimens into the MZUSP collection in appropriate conditions for both morphological and molecular studies, (9) initiate a collection of DNA and of specimens for DNA extraction of chewing lice from South America. (AU)

Scientific publications (24)
(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)
CATANACH, THERESE A.; VALIM, MICHEL P.; WECKSTEIN, JASON D.; JOHNSON, KEVIN P. Cophylogenetic analysis of lice in the Colpocephalum complex (Phthiraptera: Amblycera). ZOOLOGICA SCRIPTA, v. 47, n. 1, p. 72-83, JAN 2018. Web of Science Citations: 2.
SWEET, ANDREW D.; BOYD, BRET M.; ALLEN, JULIE M.; VILLA, SCOTT M.; VALIM, MICHEL P.; RIVERA-PARRA, JOSE L.; WILSON, ROBERT E.; JOHNSON, KEVIN P. Integrating phylogenomic and population genomic patterns in avian lice provides a more complete picture of parasite evolution. Evolution, v. 72, n. 1, p. 95-112, JAN 2018. Web of Science Citations: 5.
KAMILA M.D. KUABARA; MICHEL P. VALIM. New records of chewing lice (Insecta, Phthiraptera) from Brazilian birds (Aves) collected by Helmut Sick (1910-1991). Revista Brasileira de Entomologia, v. 61, n. 2, p. -, Abr. 2017.
KAMILA M.D. KUABARA; MICHEL P. VALIM. New records of chewing lice (Insecta, Phthiraptera) from Brazilian birds (Ayes) collected by Helmut Sick (1910-1991). Revista Brasileira de Entomologia, v. 61, n. 2, p. 146-161, Abr. 2017. Web of Science Citations: 3.
BOCHKOV, ANDRE V.; VALIM, MICHEL P.; OCHOA, RONALD; OCONNOR, BARRY M.; AVERIANOV, ALEXANDER O. Origin of host-parasite associations of Marsupialges misonnei (Acariformes: Psoroptidae)-a parasitological detective story. Parasitology Research, v. 115, n. 10, p. 3695-3698, OCT 2016. Web of Science Citations: 0.
BOCHKOV, ANDRE V.; VALIM, MICHEL P. New species and records of mites of the superfamily Sarcoptoidea (Acariformes: Psoroptidia) from mammals in Brazil. ACTA PARASITOLOGICA, v. 61, n. 1, p. 22-41, JAN 2016. Web of Science Citations: 0.
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.
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.
VALIM, MICHEL P.; REILEY, BRYAN M. The Chewing Lice (Insecta, Phthiraptera) Fauna of the Swainson's Warbler, Limnothlypis swainsonii (Aves, Parulidae). Journal of Medical Entomology, v. 52, n. 5, p. 850-857, SEP 2015. Web of Science Citations: 1.
VALIM, MICHEL P.; CICCHINO, ARMANDO C. IMMATURE STAGES OF CHEWING LICE (INSECTA: PHTHIRAPTERA) FROM NEOTROPICAL ICTERIDAE (AVES: PASSERIFORMES), AND DESCRIPTIONS OF THREE NEW SPECIES. ANNALES ZOOLOGICI, v. 65, n. 3, p. 491-521, SEP 2015. Web of Science Citations: 2.
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.
VALIM, MICHEL P.; PALMA, RICARDO L. A new genus and two new species of feather lice (Phthiraptera: Ischnocera: Philopteridae) from New Zealand endemic passerines (Aves: Passeriformes). Zootaxa, v. 3926, n. 4, p. 480-498, MAR 9 2015. Web of Science Citations: 8.
VALIM, MICHEL P.; CICCHINO, ARMANDO C. A remarkable new genus and a new species of chewing louse (Phthiraptera, Ischnocera, Philopteridae) from Brazil. ZOOKEYS, n. 541, p. 57-70, 2015. Web of Science Citations: 2.
SILVA, H. M.; VALIM, M. P.; GAMA, R. A. Community of Chewing Lice (Phthiraptera: Amblycera and Ischnocera) Parasites of Resident Birds at the Archipelago of Sao Pedro and Sao Paulo in Northeast Brazil. Journal of Medical Entomology, v. 51, n. 5, p. 941-947, SEP 2014. Web of Science Citations: 0.
CICCHINO, ARMANDO C.; VALIM, MICHEL P.; GONZALEZ-ACUNA, DANIEL. A review of the louse genus Tinamotaecola (Insecta: Phthiraptera: Philopteridae sensu lato), with description of a new species. Zootaxa, v. 3835, n. 3, p. 349-363, JUL 11 2014. Web of Science Citations: 0.
VALIM, MICHEL P.; WECKSTEIN, JASON D. A drop in the bucket of the megadiverse chewing louse genus Myrsidea (Phthiraptera, Amblycera, Menoponidae): ten new species from Amazonian Brazil. FOLIA PARASITOLOGICA, v. 60, n. 5, p. 377-400, NOV 2013. Web of Science Citations: 14.
VALIM, MICHEL P.; PALMA, RICARDO L. Three new species of the genus Philopteroides Mey, 2004 (Phthiraptera, Ischnocera, Philopteridae) from New Zealand. ZOOKEYS, n. 297, p. 71-89, 2013. Web of Science Citations: 4.
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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