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Survey of nasal mites (Rhinonyssidae, Ereynetidae, and Turbinoptidae) associated with birds in Alberta and Manitoba, Canada Open Access

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Knee, W.
Proctor, H.
Galloway, T.
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Finch
Louisiana
Sternostoma-tracheacolum lawrence
Parasitism
Coevolution
Erythrura-gouldiae
Dermanyssidae
Ectoparasites
Acarina-rhinonyssinae
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Abstract: Three major lineages of mites (Arachnida: Acari) are parasitic in the nasal passages of birds: Rhinonyssidae (Mesostigmata), Ereynetidae (Prostigmata), Cytoditidae, and Turbinoptidae (Astigmata). The most diverse group of avian nasal mites is the Rhinonyssidae, which are obligate endoparasites of non-ratite birds worldwide. Prior to this study, there were only four published and three unpublished records of nasal mites from birds in Canada. In Alberta, 15% of 450 birds (154 species) examined during 2003-2007 were infested with nasal mites; in Manitoba, 16% of 2447 birds (196 species) examined during 1996-2006 were infested. We have expanded the known records of host - nasal mite species in Canada from 7 to 102, a 14-fold increase. There are now 50 species of Rhinonyssidae, 7 species of Ereynetidae, and I species of Turbinoptidae known from birds in Alberta and Manitoba. We predict that at least 70 species of rhinonyssid mites can be found in Canada.
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2008
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doi:10.7939/R35T3G67P
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Knee, W., Proctor, H., & Galloway, T. (2008). Survey of nasal mites (Rhinonyssidae, Ereynetidae, and Turbinoptidae) associated with birds in Alberta and Manitoba, Canada. Canadian Entomologist, 140(3), 364-379. DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.4039/n08-017
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