Montesauria caerulea, Constantinescu & Popa & Popa & Cobzaru & Mukhim & Adam, 2018

Constantinescu, Ioana Cristina, Popa, Oana Paula, Popa, Luis Ovidiu, Cobzaru, Ioana, Mukhim, D. Khlur B. & Adam, Costică, 2018, Two new feather mite species of the genus Montesauria Oudemans (Analgoidea: Proctophyllodidae) from thrushes (Passeriformes: Turdidae) in the Indian Subcontinent, Acarologia 58 (4), pp. 881-896 : 894

publication ID 10.24349/acarologia/20184294

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Montesauria caerulea


Montesauria caerulea

GenBank accession numbers for molecular voucher ANA1436 B 1 male MH746227 View Materials , ANA1438

B 3 male MH746228 View Materials , ANA1441 B 5 female MH746229 View Materials .

In the resulted alignment of 482-pb fragment of the mitochondrial cytochrome C oxidase subunit I (COI) gene, we identified 4 singleton variable sites. Three haplotypes were identified:

H1 (ANA1436 B 1 male), H2 (ANA1438 B 3 male) and H3 (ANA1441 B 5 female). Intraspecific genetic distances between the analyzed specimens using K2P model is 0,6%. All observed nucleotide substitutions were synonymous and did not have differences in amino acid sequence.

The reported intraspecific genetic distances for the two species of Montesauria described in the present study are comparable with genetic distances found in other related mites like

Proterothrix chachulae (0.8%) ( Constantinescu et al. 2017) also belonging to the subfamily

Pterodectinae and distributed the Oriental Region.