Myrsidea finlaysoni 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: 7

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Myrsidea finlaysoni Hellenthal and Price

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Myrsidea finlaysoni Hellenthal and Price   , new species

Type host. Pycnonotus finlaysoni Strickland.  

Male (6). Extremely close to that of M. pycnonoti   , with only feature for separation being length of LSVII, 0.133–0.24 (mean = 0.173).

Female (2). Also close to M. pycnonoti   , except as follows. Tergal setae: VIII, 6–10. Anal fringe with 45–48 ventral, 42–46 dorsal setae. Dimensions: LSVII, 0.23–0.27; ANW, 0.26–0.27.

Type material. Ex P. finlaysoni   , the Stripe­throated Bulbul, holotype female, Muang Ban Bang Non, Ranang, THAILAND, 26 Aug. 1967, 7E­ 1503. Paratypes, all ex P. f i n ­ laysoni in THAILAND: 1 male, same as holotype; 3 males, same except 24 Aug. 1967, 7E­ 1510; 1 male, 1 female, Narathiwat, 4 Sept. 1964, H. E. McClure, H­0950; 1 male, Khao Soi Dao Tai, Chanthaburi, 10 Apr. 1966.

Remarks. The male is recognized by its relatively small dimensions, the longer inner seta on tergite VII, and the structure of the genital sac sclerite. The female is unique with its combination of wide anus, larger number of anal fringe setae, and the modest length of the inner seta on tergite VII. Myrsidea finlaysoni   is the only member of this genus known from P. finlaysoni   .