oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Nasal mites of birds hitherto known from the Ethiopian Region, with keys and descriptions of nine new species (Acarina: Laelaptidae)

Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



In their preliminary study of the Ethiopian Laelaptid mites parasitic on vertebrates, Zumpt & Patterson (1951), following Vitzthum (1943), designated the family Laelaptidae in a broad sense and listed ten subfamilies containing species parasitic on vertebrates. One of these subfamilies, the Rhinonyssinae, is composed exclusively of mites living in the respiratory passages of birds. In the present paper the subfamily status of this group will be retained, as we do not believe that there is sufficient justification for giving these mites the rank of family, as has been done recently by Baker & Wharton (1952) and other authors.

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