A review of the genus Forficuloecus Conci (Phthiraptera : Philopteridae) from parrots (Psittaciformes : Psittacidae), with descriptions of four new species

Roger D. Price, Kevin Paul Johnson, Ricardo L. Palma

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Abstract

Ten species, including four new species, of the chewing louse genus Forficuloecus Conci, 1941, are recognized from Australasian parrots, and a key is given for their identification. The new species and their type hosts are: F. cameroni ex the Red-winged Parrot, Aprosmictus erythropterus (J.F. Gmelin, 1788); F. banksi ex the Mulga Parrot, Psephotus varias Clark, 1910; F. wilsoni ex the Northern Rosella, Platycercus venustus (Kuhl, 1820); and F. josephi ex the Bourke's Parrot, Neopsephotus bourkii (Gould, 1841). Partial sequences of the mitochondrial COI gene support the genetic distinctiveness of these new species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-62
Number of pages14
JournalZootaxa
Issue number1859
StatePublished - Aug 29 2008

Keywords

  • Australasia
  • Chewing lice
  • Cytochrome oxidase I
  • Forficuloecus
  • New species
  • Parrots
  • Taxonomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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