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Type: Correspondence
Published: 2008-07-23
Page range: 62–64
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The identity of Neopsittaconirmus palaeornis (Eichler) (Phthiraptera: Philopteridae) from Psittacula derbiana (Psittaciformes: Psittacidae), with a new synonymy

Department of Biology and Wildlife Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Palackého 1–3, 612 42 Brno, Czech Republic
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, P.O. Box 467, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
Phthiraptera Philopteridae Psittaciformes Psittacidae


Neopsittaconirmus palaeornis was originally described by Eichler (1943: 114; as Pflegeriella palaeornis) based on a single male from the Derbyan Parakeet, Psittacula derbiana (Fraser).  Eichler (1943: 114) also examined a female, which appears to belong to the same species, found on a Blue Magpie Urocissa erythrorhyncha (Boddaert), almost certainly an accidental host. In his review of the genus Neopsittaconirmus, Guimarães (1974: 186) placed Pflegeriella palaeornis in that genus, and wrote: “Eichler’s description of this species is too deficient, and I had no specimens from the type-host.” Therefore, Guimarães was not able to describe it and compare it against the remaining species of Neopsittaconirmus.


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