Skoracki M.1, Zabludovskaya S.A.2, Bochkov A.V.3* 2012. A review of Prostigmata (Acariformes: Trombidiformes) permanently associated with birds // Acarina. Vol.20. No.2: 67–107 [in English].
1 Department of Animal Morphology, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 89, 61–614 Poznan, Poland.
2 Schmalghausen Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Ukraine, B. Khmelnitzky str. 15, Kiev, Ukraine.
3 Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Universitetskaya Emb. 1, 199034 Saint Petersburg, Russia; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
ABSTRACT: Prostigmatan mites (Acariformes: Prostigmata) permanently parasitizing birds are reviewed at the familial level. Keys to all genera and lists of included species along with verified host records are provided. This ecological group includes about 500 species in 5 families: Cheyletidae (Cheletosomatini, Ornithocheyletiini, and Metacheyletiini), Syringophilidae, Harpirhynchidae (Harpirhynchinae and Harpypalpinae), Cloacaridae (Pneumophaginae), and Ereynetidae (Speleognathinae). The original and reference data on the external morphology, phylogeny, systematics and the host-parasite relationships of these mites are summarized.
KEY WORDS: Prostigmata, birds, mites, symbionts, systematics, host-parasite relationships.