A new genus and species of chiggers (Trombidiformes: Leeuwenhoekiidae) from Peru
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South American chiggers have historically been poorly studied, and this has continued into present times. Of the 33 genera in the family Leeuwenhoekiidae Womersley, only Odontacarus Ewing and Sasacarus Brennan & Jones have been reported in Peru. Here, we describe a new genus, Peruacarus n. gen., and a new species, Peruacarus anthurium n. sp., parasitizing Koford’s grass mouse, Akodon kofordi Myers & Patton, in Peru.
Bassini-Silva R, Huang-Bastos M, OConnor BM., Klimov P, Welbourn C, Ochoa R, et al. A new genus and species of chiggers (Trombidiformes: Leeuwenhoekiidae) from Peru. J. Med. Entomol.. 2021 Feb;58(3):1166–1170. doi:10.1093/jme/tjab010.
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