Open Access Open Access  Restricted Access Subscription or Fee Access

Two new Meitingsunes species (Acari: Syringophilidae) from Indonesian doves (Columbiformes: Columbidae)



We describe two new quill mite species of the genus Meitingsunes Glowska and Skoracki, 2010 (Acari: Prostigmata: Syringophilidae) parasitizing columbiform birds (Columbiformes: Columbidae): M. chalcophaps sp. nov. collected from the Emerald Dove, Chalcophaps indica (Linnaeus) and M. turacoenas sp. nov. from the White-faced Cuckoo Dove, Turacoena manadensis (Quoy and Gaimard) (type host) and the Black Cuckoo-Dove, Turacoena modesta (Temminck). All host species were collected in Indonesia. These represent two new genus-level host records for Meitingsunes. In addition, we summarize the diversity of Meitingsunes and present a key to species in this genus.


Acari, Columbiformes, ectoparasites, Meitingsunes, quill mites, Syringophilidae, Indonesia

Full Text:

PDF (649KB)


Bochkov, A.V. & Mironov, S.V. (1998) Quill mites of the family Syringophilidae Lavoipierre, 1953 (Acariformes: Prostigmata) parasitic on birds (Aves) of the fauna of the former USSR. Acarina, 6, 3–16.

Casto, S.D. (1976) Host records and observations of quill mites (Acarina: Syringophilidae) from Texas birds. Southwestern Entomologist, 1, 155–160.

Clark, G.M. (1964) The acarine genus Syringophilus in North American birds. Acarologia, 6, 76–92.

Clements, J.F., Schulenberg, T.S., Iliff, M.J., Roberson, D., Fredericks, T.A., Sullivan, B.L. & Wood, C.L. (2014) The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9. Available from: (accessed 1 August 2014)

Glowska, E. & Skoracki, M. (2010) Meitingsunes, a new genus of the ectoparasitic quill mites (Acari: Cheyletoidea: Syringophilidae). Zootaxa, 2514, 61–67.

Glowska, E., Chrzanowski, M. & Kaszewska, K. (2015) Checklist of the quill mites (Acariformes: Syringophilidae) of the world. Zootaxa, 3968, 1–81.

Grandjean, F. (1939) Les segments postlarvaires de l’hysterosoma chez les oribates (Acariens). Bulletin de la Société Zoologique de France, 64, 273–284.

Grandjean, F. (1944) Observations sur les acariens de la famille Stigmaeidae. Archives des Sciences Physiques et Naturelles, 26, 103–131.

Kaszewska, K., Kavetska, K. & Skoracki, M. (2014) Two new species of quill mites of the family Syringophilidae (Acariformes: Cheyletoidea) associated with treronine doves (Columbiformes: Columbidae: Treroninae). Zootaxa, 3846, 293–300.

Kethley, J.B. (1990) Acarina: Prostigmata (Actinedida). In: Dindal, D.L. (Ed.), Soil Biology Guide. Wiley and Sons, New York, pp. 667–754.

Skoracki, M. (2011) Quill mites (Acari: Syringophilidae) of the Palaearctic region. Zootaxa, 2840, 1–416.

Skoracki, M. & Dabert, J. (2002) A review of parasitic mites of the family Syringophilidae (Acari, Prostigmata) from African birds, with descriptions of four new species. Acta Parasitologica, 47, 137–146.

Skoracki, M., Kaszewska, K., Unsoeld, M. & Skorupski, M. (2015) First record of parasitic quill mites of the family Syringophilidae (Acari: Prostigmata: Cheyletoidea) on an avian representative of the order Caprimulgiformes. International Journal of Acarology, 41, 128‒131.

Skoracki, M. & Sikora, B. (2002) New ectoparasitic mites of the Syringophilidae (Acari: Prostigmata: Cheyletoidea) associated with birds from Argentina. Zootaxa, 27, 1‒8.



  • There are currently no refbacks.

ISSN 1175-5326 (Print Edition) & ISSN 1175-5334 (Online Edition)
Published by Magnolia Press, Auckland, New Zealand