Meropsiella apiastri ( Denny, 1842 )

Bush, Sarah E., 2017, Morphological revision of the hyperdiverse Brueelia - complex (Insecta: Phthiraptera: Ischnocera: Philopteridae) with new taxa, checklists and generic key, Zootaxa 4313 (1), pp. 1-443: 288-293

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Meropsiella apiastri ( Denny, 1842 )
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Meropsiella apiastri ( Denny, 1842) 

( Figs 479–485View FIGURES 479 – 480View FIGURES 481 – 482View FIGURES 483 – 491)

Nirmus apiastri Denny, 1842: 52  .

Degeeriella apiastri ( Denny, 1842)  ; Harrison, 1916: 108. Meropsiella apiastri ( Denny, 1842)  ; Conci, 1941b: 104. Brueelia apiastri ( Denny, 1842)  ; Hopkins & Clay, 1952: 53.

Type host. Merops apiaster Linnaeus, 1758  —European bee-eater. Type locality. Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

Description. Both sexes. Head shape, structure, and chaetotaxy as in genus description and Fig. 481View FIGURES 481 – 482. Bulge median of mts  3 slight. Thoracic and abdominal segments as in genus description and Figs 479–480View FIGURES 479 – 480; 1 seta on each side of metasternum.

Male. Abdominal chaetotaxy as in Table 2 and Fig. 479View FIGURES 479 – 480. Male genitalia ( Figs 483–485View FIGURES 483 – 491) unique within genus and the Brueelia  -complex. Basal apodeme ( Fig. 483View FIGURES 483 – 491) roughly trapezoidal. Proximal mesosome square-shaped. Gonopore ( Fig. 484View FIGURES 483 – 491) ventral, narrowly open distally, with large, roughly Y-shaped thickening on each side. Mesosomal lobes rounded, fused distally. Moderate lateral nodi on ventral surface of mesosome, not reaching distal end of mesosome; 2 pmes microsetae on each side on these nodi. Parameral heads ( Fig. 485View FIGURES 483 – 491) slender, bifid. Parameral blades gently curved around mesosome, slightly elongated distally; pst1–2 sensilla, proximal to elongation of parameres. Measurements ex Merops apiaster  (n = 9): TL = 1.41–1.53; HL = 0.40–0.41; HW = 0.34– 0.36; PRW = 0.22–0.24; PTW = 0.33-0.35; AW = 0.42–0.46.

Female. Abdominal chaetotaxy as in Table 2 and Fig. 480View FIGURES 479 – 480. Subgenital plate ( Fig. 482View FIGURES 481 – 482) flares distally, but does not reach vulval margin, forming wide cross-piece that broadens laterally. Vulval margin ( Fig. 482View FIGURES 481 – 482) with distinct median bulge; 1–3 slender vms and 2–3 thorn-like vss situated on each side of bulge, mixed; 3–5 long, slender vos on each side; vos do not approach vss. Measurements ex Merops apiaster  (n = 11): TL = 1.76–1.95 (1.87); HL = 0.43–0.47 (0.45); HW = 0.36–0.40 (0.38); PRW = 0.22–0.26 (0.24); PTW = 0.35–0.39 (0.37); AW = 0.50–0.57 (0.53).

Type material. Ex Merops apiaster  : Holotype ♂, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, Denny Collection, BM 1952-98 ( NHMLAbout NHML).

Additional material examined (non-types)

Ex Merops apiaster  : 1♀, Agigea, [Constata County,] Romania, 2 Jul. 1958, I. Bechet, 22/a/5, 22039 on reverse ( OSUSAbout OSUS)  ; 1♂, 1♀, Israel , 23 May 1968, C-2194 ( OSUSAbout OSUS)  ; 1♂, 1♀, “ Desert ”, Al Magrah, [Matruh Governate,] Egypt, 15 May 1975, HH8277 ( OSUSAbout OSUS)  ; 1♀, Paralimni , [Famagusta District,] Cyprus, 12 May 1968, CYS-385 ( OSUSAbout OSUS)  ; 1♂, Luanshya River, Zambia, 13 Oct. 1951, E.L. Haydoek, ML/30, Brit. Mus. 1952-149 ( NHMLAbout NHML)  ; 1♂, Slovakia , 24 Jul. 1949, F. Balát, BM 1950-389 ( NHMLAbout NHML)  ; 2♂, 14♀, Afghanistan, May 1937, R. Meinertzhagen, 10006 and 10086–91 ( NHMLAbout NHML)  ; 4♂, 6♀, Quetta , Afghanistan, May 1937, R. Meinertzhagen, 2746 ( NHMLAbout NHML)  ; 3♂, 11♀, Kabul, Afghanistan, Apr. 1937, R. Meinertzhagen, 9687 ( NHMLAbout NHML)  ; 1♂, 1♀, Johannesburg , Transvaal, South Africa, 15 Nov. 1968, J. Ledger, Brit. Mus. 1972-382 ( NHMLAbout NHML)  ; 1♂, 1♀, “ Asia Minor ”, Turkey, May 1935, R.Meinertzhagen, 3885 ( NHMLAbout NHML)  ; 2♂, 3♀, Palestine, Apr. 1953, R. Meinertzhagen, BM1953-225 ( NHMLAbout NHML)  ; 4♂, 3♀, Defilia , near Figuig, Morocco, 12 Apr. 1966, A. Hutson, Brit. Mus. 1966-241 ( NHMLAbout NHML)  ; 3♂, 1♀, “ Southern Spain ”, SPAIN, 21 Apr. 1961, Varma No. A 252, Brit. Mus. 1962-325 ( NHMLAbout NHML)  ; 1♂, 3♀, Yinna [?], Mbaraza [?], Uganda, 11 Nov. 1934, G.H.E. Hopkins ( NHMLAbout NHML)  ; 1♂, 1♀, “ Stavros ”, unknown locality, 23 May 1918, J. Waterston, BM1930-232 ( NHMLAbout NHML)  ; 1♀, Khuta Maji , Vwaza Marsh, Vwaza Wildlife Reserve, Malawi, 16 Oct. 2009, Jason D. Weckstein, MLW-3753, FMNH 467914View Materials, FMNHAbout FMNH 0 0 0 0 0 29 0 33, DNAAbout DNA voucher for sequence Brap. 1.25.2011.1 ( FMNHAbout FMNH)  ; 1♀, Metkovic , Croatia, 20 May 1963, A. Lesinger, 7554 ( PMSLAbout PMSL)  ; 2♂, 1♀, Metkovic , Croatia, 15 Oct. 1964, A. Lesinger, 9791–9802 ( PMSLAbout PMSL)  ; 1♂, Metkovic , Croatia, 18 May 1968, A. Lesinger, 11400 ( PMSLAbout PMSL)  ; 1♀, Bitola, Macedonia, 15 Aug. 1928, S. Brelih, 2469 ( PMSLAbout PMSL)  ; 1♂, Red Sea, SUDAN, 9 Sep. 1960, S. Brelih, 3225 ( PMSLAbout PMSL)  .

Ex “ Merops aegyptius  ”: 1♀, Wolffhügel, IN1278/69 (MFNB).

Remarks. In the material we have examined, the parameres are not shaped as in Williams (1981: fig. 6), but are distally elongated. William’s (1981: figs 4, 5) illustrations also lack the dorsal preantennal suture, which is present in our material examined.

NHML

Natural History Museum, Tripoli

OSUS

Oklahoma State University

FMNH

Field Museum of Natural History

DNA

Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport

PMSL

Slovenian Museum of Natural History (Prirodosloveni Muzej Slovenije)

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Phthiraptera

Family

Philopteridae

Genus

Meropsiella

Loc

Meropsiella apiastri ( Denny, 1842 )

Bush, Sarah E. 2017
2017
Loc

Degeeriella apiastri (

Hopkins 1952: 53
Conci 1941: 104
Harrison 1916: 108
1916
Loc

Nirmus apiastri

Denny 1842: 52