Nirmus ovalis Neumann, 1890

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: 319

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Nirmus ovalis Neumann, 1890


Nirmus ovalis Neumann, 1890 

Type host. Psittrichas fulgidus (Lesson, 1830)  —Pesquet’s parrot.

Other host. Eclectus roratus polychlorus (Scopoli, 1786)  eclectus  parrot.

Remarks. This species was collected from two Melanesian parrot species: Dasyptilus pecqueti  [= Psittrichas fulgidus (Lesson, 1830)  ] and Eclectus polychlorus  [= Eclectus roratus polychlorus (Scopoli, 1786)  ]. It was described only in vague terms, and cannot be accurately placed in any of the genera treated here. Hopkins & Clay (1952: 59) regarded it as a valid species of Brueelia  , followed by Price et al. (2003) We examined additional material from an eclectus  parrot [ Eclectus roratus  ] and a song parrot [Geoffreyus heteroclitus (Hombron & Jacquinot, 1841)] from the Solomon Islands, but these specimens are largely white, not light brown as Nirmus ovalis  was described. Therefore, we regard this species as incertae sedis.