Five new species of chewing lice of the genus Myrsidea Waterston from the passerine family Pycnonotidae are described and illustrated. They and their type hosts are: M. masoni ex Bleda eximius (Hartlaub), M. chesseri ex Criniger barbatus (Temminck), M. palmeri ex Andropadus curvirostris Cassin, M. wombeyi ex Bleda syndactylus (Swainson), and M. marksi ex Phyllastrephus albigularis (Sharpe). These represent the first species of pycnonotid Myrsidea to be described from African hosts. Partial mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase I (COI) sequences were collected for these species and additional species of Myrsidea, which support the genetic distinctiveness of these new species.
- Chewing lice
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
- Animal Science and Zoology