Myrsidea palmai Hellenthal and Price

Hellenthal, Ronald A. & Price, Roger D., 2003, The genus Myrsidea Waterston (Phthiraptera: Menoponidae) from bulbuls (Passeriformes: Pycnonotidae), with descriptions of 16 new species, Zootaxa 354, pp. 1-20: 15-16

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Myrsidea palmai Hellenthal and Price
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Myrsidea palmai Hellenthal and Price   , new species ( Figs. 15–18 View FIGURES 8 – 15. 8 View FIGURES 16 – 19. 16 – 18 )

Type host. Criniger ochraceus F. Moore.  

Male (4). Much as in Fig. 15 View FIGURES 8 – 15. 8 . Tergal setae: II –IV, 11–13; V, 8–10; VI, 8–9; VII, 8; VIII, 7–8. Sternal setae: III, 17–21; IV, 20–25; V, 28–36; VI, 24–31; VII, 12–15; VIII, 4 ( Fig. 2 View FIGURES 1 – 7. 1 – 5 : arrow). Dimensions: TW, 0.41–0.45; HL, 0.31–0.32; PW, 0.27–0.30; MW, 0.38– 0.41; AWIV, 0.47–0.52; LSVII, 0.09–0.13; TL, 1.32–1.44; GL, 0.37–0.45; GSW, 0.020– 0.026.

Female (5). Metanotum and abdomen as in Fig. 16 View FIGURES 16 – 19. 16 – 18 . Tergite I greatly enlarged. Tergal setae: II, 11–16; III, 15–20; IV –V, 2 1 –29; VI, 16–21; VII, 12–18; VIII, 8. Sternal setae: III, 22–37; IV, 39–50; V, 43–57; VI, 28–33; VII, 13–14; VIII, 20–27. Anal fringe with 35–39 ventral, 36–46 dorsal setae. Dimensions: TW, 0.49–0.50; HL, 0.34–0.35; PW, 0.31–0.32; MW, 0.49–0.53; AWIV, 0.60–0.69; LSVII, 0.04–0.06; ANW, 0.24–0.26; TL, 1.65–1.71.

Type material. Ex C. ochraceus   , holotype female, Khao Luang, Nakornsithamonraj, THAILAND, 14 May 1965, MAPS­ 148. Paratypes, all ex C. ochraceus   in THAILAND: 1 male, 1 female, same as holotype; 3 females, same except 12 May 1965, MAPS­ 121; 3 males, Chanthabari, Khao Soi Dao Tai, 11–23 Mar. 1966, MAPS­ 4300, MAPS­ 4510, MAPS­ 4693.

Remarks. The unique male genital sac sclerite and the greatly enlarged female tergite I readily distinguish this species from all of the preceding 15 species. Other features, as given in the group characterization, further add to this separation.

Etymology. This species is named for Ricardo L. Palma, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to chewing louse taxonomy and his association with us in the production of the world checklist.