oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Notes on the genus Plegadiphilus (Phthiraptera: Menoponidae) with description of a new species

Volume 34, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



A new species of Plegadiphilus is descriptionbed from Geronticus eremita (Aves: Threskiornithidae). The male genitalia bear a resemblance to those of Eucolpocephalum, and this is taken as further evidence that the two genera evolved from a common ancestor. The six known species of Plegadiphilus are tentatively assigned to three species-groups on the basis of the head chaetotaxy and the structure of the male genitalia. Comments are made on the identity of Plegadiphilus mamillatus and on the nymphal abdominal tergal setae in Plegadiphilus.

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