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Published: 2014-09-01
Page range: 571–580
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A review of quill mites (Acari: Syringophilidae) parasitising Kenyan birds

Laboratory and Museum of Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Ecology, Faculty of Humanities and Natural Sciences, University of Prešov, 17. novembra 1,080 01 Prešov, Slovakia.
Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, Viničná 7, 128 43 Praha 2, Czech Republic
Department of Zoology, National Museums of Kenya, Museum Hill Road, P.O. Box 40658, P.C. 00100, Nairobi, Kenya
Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Zielona Góra, Szafrana 1, 65-516 Zielona Góra, Poland
Acari Cisticolidae ectoparasites Kenya Syringophilidae quill mites Upupidae


Two new species of quill mites (Acari: Prostigmata: Syringophilidae) collected from passeriform and coraciiform birds from Kenya are described : Neoaulonastus apalis sp. nov. from Apalis porphyrolaema Reichenow and Neumann (Passeriformes: Cisticolidae) and Peristerophila upupi sp. nov. from Upupa epops Linnaeus (Coraciiformes: Upupidae). Additionally, 3 new host species: Cisticola hunteri Shelley, 1889; Acrocephalus baeticatus (Vieillot, 1817) and Ploceus xanthops (Hartlaub, 1862) from Kenya and two new localities are recorded for genera: Aulobia Kethley, 1970; Neoaulonastus Skoracki, 2004 and Syringophiloidus Kethley, 1970. The previous and the latest knowledge about syringophilid mites from Kenya is summarized in tabular form.