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From cuckoos to chickens: a caught-in-the-act case of host shift in feather mites (Arachnida: Acari: Psoroptoididae)

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Hernandes, Fabio Akashi [1] ; Pedroso, Luiz Gustavo A. [1] ; Mironov, Sergey V. [2]
Total Authors: 3
[1] Univ Estadual Paulista, Dept Zool, BR-13506900 Rio Claro, SP - Brazil
[2] Russian Acad Sci, Inst Zool, St Petersburg 199034 - Russia
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: Parasitology Research; v. 113, n. 12, p. 4355-4361, DEC 2014.
Web of Science Citations: 10

Feather mites are highly specialized permanent ectosymbionts recorded from all recently recognized bird orders. These mites, specialized to live in the plumage of their hosts, rarely cause any visible damage to their specific hosts. Recently described feather mite Allopsoroptoides galli Mironov (Acariformes: Psoroptoididae) was reported to cause severe mange in chickens in Brazil, leading to unprecedented economic losses. Until now, the natural host of A. galli remained unknown. In this paper, we report its true wild host, the Guira cuckoo Guira guira (Cuculiformes: Cuculidae). In addition, a previously unknown heteromorphic form of males is described from the mite population distributed on its natural host. We also speculate a possible scenario by which this mite species could have been horizontally transferred from the wild populations of the natural host to the secondary hosts. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 11/20805-8 - Diversity and taxonomy of feather mites (Arachnida: Acari: Astigmata) on Passeriformes (Aves) in Brazil
Grantee:Fábio Rau Akashi Hernandes
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - BIOTA - Young Researchers
FAPESP's process: 11/50145-0 - Diversity and taxonomy of feather mites (Arachnida: Acari: Astigmata) on birds of Brazil
Grantee:Fábio Rau Akashi Hernandes
Support type: BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Young Investigators Grants