Meropoecus bartlowi Gustafsson & Bush

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: 297-300

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Meropoecus bartlowi Gustafsson & Bush
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Meropoecus bartlowi Gustafsson & Bush  , new species

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Type host. Merops ornatus Latham, 1802  —rainbow bee-eater.

Type locality. Ambunti, elev. 200 ft, West Sepik District, Papua New Guinea. 

Diagnosis. Male Meropoecus bartlowi  n. sp. keys to couplet 3 in the key of Emerson & Elbel (1956), but with 8 medium-sized setae on each side of tergopleurite IX, Mo. bartlowi  ( Fig. 499View FIGURES 499 – 501) is intermediate between Mo. caprai  with 7–8 setae and Mo. debeauxi  with 9–10 setae. Anterior mesosome is transversally oval in both Mo. bartlowi  ( Fig. 500View FIGURES 499 – 501) and Mo. debeauxi  ( Emerson & Elbel 1956: fig. 6), separating these from Mo. caprai  , which has a heartshaped mesosome ( Emerson & Elbel 1956: fig. 4). The distal extension of the mesosome is longer in Mo. bartlowi  ( Fig. 500View FIGURES 499 – 501) than in Mo. debeauxi  , and the distal margin of the extension is deeply concave in Mo. bartlowi  ( Fig. 500View FIGURES 499 – 501) but shallowly concave in Mo. debeauxi  .

Female Meropoecus bartlowi  keys to couplet 3 in the key of Emerson & Elbel (1956), and the number of setae lateral to the vulval margin in Mo. bartlowi  (n = 4–5, Fig. 498View FIGURES 497 – 498) makes it intermediate between Mo. meropis  and Mo. debeauxi  .

Description. Both sexes. Head shape, structure, and chaetotaxy as in genus description and Fig. 499View FIGURES 499 – 501; pos clearly ventral, sublateral, just posterior to eye; mts  2 about twice as long as mts  1. Preantennal nodi short, elongated, pointed. Postantennal suture wide but anterior margin generally diffuse. Thoracic and abdominal segments as in genus description and Figs 497–498View FIGURES 497 – 498.

Male. Abdominal chaetotaxy as in Table 2 and Fig. 497View FIGURES 497 – 498. Male genitalia distinct ( Fig. 500View FIGURES 499 – 501). Basal apodeme trapezoidal. Mesosome irregularly oval, wider than long; broad median extension posteriorly, with distal margin of extension deeply concave. Anterior section of mesosome with a densely papillate transversal ridge, connected medianly to a papillate area with a gently rounded posterior margin; 2 ames microsetae on each side lateral to papillate ridge; 3 pmes sensilla on each side as in Fig. 500View FIGURES 499 – 501. Parameres stout, angled. Distal translucent section of parameres very large; 3 pst sensilla near distal end of parameres. Measurements ex Merops ornatus  (n = 6): TL = 1.59–1.88; HL = 0.52–0.59; HW = 0.68–0.75; PRW = 0.33–0.40; PTW = 0.51–0.62; AW = 0.71–0.82.

Female. Abdominal chaetotaxy as in Table 2 and Fig. 498View FIGURES 497 – 498. Median extension of subgenital plate short, blunt ( Fig. 501View FIGURES 499 – 501). Vulval margin slightly convergent medianly, with median section distinctly bulging ( Fig. 501View FIGURES 499 – 501). Bulge with 3–4 short, stout vms and 4–5 short, thorn-like vss on each side. Lateral to bulge 9–10 long, slender vms on each side and 5–6 short, thorn-like vss on each side; 6–7 short, slender vos forming broadly convergent rows, with distal vos approaching vss. Measurements ex Merops ornatus  (n = 3): TL = 1.75–2.27; HL = 0.58–0.62; HW = 0.76–0.84; PRW = 0.37–0.40; PTW = 0.57–0.63; AW = 0.79–1.00.

Etymology. The species epithet is in honour of Andrew Bartlow, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, in recognition of his work on the distribution and dispersal of bird and mammal parasites.

Type material. Ex Merops ornatus  : Holotype ♂, Ambunti , elev  . 200 ft, West Sepik District, Papua New Guinea, 8 May 1963, P. Temple, BBM-NG-22568 ( BPBM) [marked with black dot on slide]. Paratypes: 3♂, same data as holotype ( BPBM)  ; 1♀, 10 miles W of Garaina , elev. 2350 ft, Morobe District, Papua New Guinea, 11 Aug. 1970, A.B. Mirza, BBM-NG-98917 ( BPBM)  ; 3♂, 1♀, Jumbora Plantation , elev. 200 ft, Popondetta, Northern Province, Papua New Guinea, 17–18 Sep. 1963, H. Clissold, BBM-NG-28767 ( BPBM)  .