Tyranniphyllodes Hernandes, Valim & Mironov, 2007

Mironov, Sergey V. & Galloway, Terry D., 2020, Two new feather mites of the subfamily Proctophyllodinae (Acariformes: Proctophyllodidae) from the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris (Passeriformes: Tyrannidae) in Canada, Acarologia 60 (4), pp. 878-891 : 885

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https://doi.org/ 10.24349/acarologia/20204407

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Tyranniphyllodes Hernandes, Valim & Mironov, 2007


Genus Tyranniphyllodes Hernandes, Valim & Mironov, 2007

Type species: Tyranniphyllodes pitangi Hernandes, Valim & Mironov, 2007 , by original designation.

The genus Tyranniphyllodes was based on one species, Tyranniphyllodes pitangi , described from the Great Kiskadee, Pitangus sulphuratus (Linnaeus, 1766) (Tyrannides: Tyrannidae ),

in Brazil ( Hernandes et al. 2007). This genus belongs to the Platyacarus generic group, the second major lineage of the proctophyllodines associated with suboscine passerines of the New World ( Klimov et al. 2017 ; Mironov and Bermúdez 2018, 2020). Most representatives of the Platyacarus group are distributed on ovenbirds and treecreepers (Furnariides: Furnariidae ), and only the one previously known species of the genus Tyranniphyllodes is associated with tyrant flycatchers ( Tyrannidae ) ( Kudon 1982 ; Mironov et al. 2017). Interesting morphological features allowing unmistakable recognition of this genus among other proctophyllodines are the strong dimorphism in the prodorsal shield, which is split into anterior and posterior pieces in males and entire in females, and the presence of dorsal crest­like processes on genua III and IV in females.