Two remarkable species of Phtheiropoios (Phthiraptera: Gyropidae) from Tucumán Province, Argentina

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2007
Authors:Ddel Carmen Castro, Cicchino A. Conrado
Journal:Canadian Entomologist
Pagination:472 - 477
Date Published:2007

This study deals with two species of the genus Phtheiropoios, redescribing P. tucumanus Cicchino, 1990, previously known from five specimens collected on Ctenomys tucumanus Thomas, 1900, and describing P. inaequalis sp. nov. from C. tuconax Thomas, 1925, both from different localities in Tucumán Province, Argentina. Diagnostic features for the new species include proportion of the make forficula, male external genitalia, and counts of setae and body measurements in both sexes. Brief comments on the morphological affinities of these species with other species of Phtheiropoios, and a key to makes of all species of the genus Phtheiropoios know to parasitize rodents of the genus Ctenomys, are included.

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