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Diversity and taxonomy of feather mites (Arachnida: Acari: Astigmata) on birds of Brazil


Despite the Neotropical region harbors the largest bird diversity of the world, the feather mites associated with those birds still remain poorly studied. The lack or scarcity of taxonomic studies on these mites renders their identification difficult therefore blocking a clearer image of the many ecological aspects such as species diversity, their prevalence on birds, and host-parasite associations. In this project the candidate aims to study the diversity of feather mites on birds mainly in the state of São Paulo, with mainly a taxonomic approach. The main goals of the project are: 1) to describe new feather mite species, map and explore their host associations; 2) revise obscure taxa, aiming to provide a clearer panorama of their real diversity; 3) provide identification keys for the main genera commonly associated with these birds; 4) establish a scientific collection of feather mites including genetic material. Taxonomic studies will focus on the largest feather mite family, i.e. Proctophyllodidae, which has many genera commonly associated with passerines in Brazil, like Amerodectes, Tyrannidectes and Metapterodectes. However, mites from other taxa might also be studied, including descriptions of new species, redescriptions and taxonomic revisions. Besides taxonomic data, this project will eventually provide important data on the ecology and useful for conservation of this largely unknown group, contributing to fill the gap on this research theme in Brazil. (AU)

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HERNANDES, FABIO AKASHI; VALIM, MICHEL P.. A new species of the genus Trouessartia Canestrini (Acari: Trouessartiidae) from Neotropical passerines (Aves: Tyrannidae). International Journal of Acarology, v. 41, n. 5, p. 382-388, . (11/50145-0, 12/06951-4, 11/11420-5, 11/20805-8)
MIRONOV, SERGEY V.; HERNANDES, FABIO A.; PEDROSO, LUIZ GUSTAVO A.. New feather mites of the genera Aniacarus and Aniibius (Acariformes: Pterolichidae) from two cuckoo species (Cuculiformes: Cuculidae) in Brazil. Zootaxa, v. 3937, n. 1, p. 103-126, . (11/50145-0)
GONCALVES-SOUZA, THIAGO; GIUPPONI, ALESSANDRO P. L.; HERNANDES, FABLO A.. A rare finding of mites (Arachnida: Acari: Leeuwenhoekiidae) parasitising a whip spider (Arachnida: Amblypygi: Charinidae). FOLIA PARASITOLOGICA, v. 61, n. 2, p. 182-184, . (11/20805-8, 11/50145-0)
SKORACKI, MACIEJ; MIRONOV, SERGEY V.; HERNANDES, FABIO A.; VALIM, MICHEL P.. Syringophilid quill mites (Acari: Syringophilidae) parasitizing passerines (Aves: Passeriformes) in Brazil. International Journal of Acarology, v. 42, n. 5, p. 252-257, . (11/50145-0, 12/06951-4, 11/11420-5)
SILVA, H. M.; HERNANDES, F. A.; PICHORIM, M.. Ácaros de pena (Acari: Astigmata) associados com aves em um fragmento de Mata Atlântica no Nordeste do Brasil. Brazilian Journal of Biology, v. 75, n. 3, p. 726-735, . (11/50145-0, 11/20805-8)
HERNANDES, FABIO AKASHI; PEDROSO, LUIZ GUSTAVO A.. Two new feather mites of the genus Protonyssus Trouessart, 1916 (Acariformes: Xolalgidae) from Brazilian parakeets (Psittacidae), with a key to species. International Journal of Acarology, v. 43, n. 3, p. 204-211, . (11/50145-0)
HERNANDES, FABIO AKASHI; OCONNOR, BARRY M.; BAUCHAN, GARY R.; OCHOA, RONALD. A new species of Proctophyllodes Robin, 1868 (Acari: Proctophyllodidae) from two tanagers of the genus Piranga Vieillot (Passeriformes: Cardinalidae) from North America. Journal of Natural History, v. 51, n. 41-42, p. 2407-2416, . (11/50145-0)
HERNANDES, FABIO A.. Two new species of Trouessartia Canestrini, 1899 (Astigmata: Trouessartiidae) from passeriform birds in Brazil. Systematic Parasitology, v. 94, n. 9, p. 1019-1032, . (11/50145-0)
MIRONOV, SERGEY V.; HERNANDES, FABIO A.; VALIM, MICHEL P.. A new feather mite of the genus Pteronyssoides Hull, 1931 (Astigmata: Pteronyssidae) from thrushes (Passeriformes: Turdidae) in the New World. Systematic Parasitology, v. 93, n. 1, p. 83-89, . (11/50145-0, 12/06951-4, 11/11420-5, 11/20805-8)
HERNANDES, FABIO AKASHI; PEDROSO, LUIZ GUSTAVO A.; MIRONOV, SERGEY V.. From cuckoos to chickens: a caught-in-the-act case of host shift in feather mites (Arachnida: Acari: Psoroptoididae). Parasitology Research, v. 113, n. 12, p. 4355-4361, . (11/50145-0, 11/20805-8)
HERNANDES, FABIO A.; MIRONOV, SERGEY V.; BAUCHAN, GARY R.; OCHOA, RONALD A.. A new asymmetrical feather mite of the genus Michaelia Trouessart, 1884 (Astigmata: Freyanidae) from the Neotropical Cormorant, Phalacrocorax brasilianus (Pelecaniformes). ACAROLOGIA, v. 56, n. 1, p. 45-61, . (11/50145-0)
HERNANDES, FABIO AKASHI. Three new proctophyllodine feather mites (Acari: Proctophyllodidae) from passerines in Brazil (Aves: Passeriformes). Journal of Natural History, v. 48, n. 3-4, p. 185-202, . (11/50145-0, 11/20805-8)
PEDROSO, LUIZ GUSTAVO A.; HERNANDES, FABIO A.; MIRONOV, SERGEY V.. New records of feather mites (Acari: Astigmata) from Brazil, with description of a new species from the Black Vulture (Aves: Cathartidae). International Journal of Acarology, v. 41, n. 2, p. 181-188, . (11/50145-0)
HERNANDES, FABIO AKASHI; PEDROSO, LUIZ GUSTAVO A.; ONIKI-WILLIS, YOSHIKA. Five new feather mites of the subfamily Pterodectinae (Acariformes: Astigmata: Proctophyllodidae) from passerines and hummingbirds (Aves) of Brazil. Zootaxa, v. 4161, n. 3, p. 301-328, . (11/50145-0)
HERNANDES, FABIO AKASHI; BAUCHAN, GARY R.; OCHOA, RONALD. New and little known feather mites (Acariformes: Astigmata) analysed with low-temperature scanning electron microscopy. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ACAROLOGY, v. 43, n. 7, p. 499-517, . (11/50145-0)
PEREIRA, D. M.; HERNANDES, F. A.; SANTOS, A. C. G.; NOGUEIRA, R. M. S.. Ácaros de pena (Acari: Astigmata) de Psittaciformes de cativeiro do Brasil. Arquivo Brasileiro de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia, v. 70, n. 3, p. 843-849, . (11/50145-0)

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