Fainalges gracilitarsus (Mironov, Dabert & Ehrnsberger)
|Carolina Paraceet Feather
USA: Florida; Georgia; Illinois (?); Kentucky (?); Louisiana; Missouri (?); North Carolina; Ohio (?); South Carolina; Virginia; West Virginia
|local name: -|
extinction date: ca. 1918
|The parasitic feather mites
of the genus Fainalges are adapted to spend their whole life in the
plumage of their host species, in this case several Central and South
American parrot species.
So, for example, the Central American Green Conure (Aratinga holochlora (Sclater)) hosts at least seven species of this genus, Fainalges bilobatus (Pérez), Fainalges latistriatus (Pérez), Fainalges longissimus (Mejía-González & Pérez), Fainalges spiculatus (Pérez), Fainalges stettenheimi (Pérez), Fainalges tanythrix (Pérez) as well as Fainalges vulgaris (Pérez).
This feather mite species was discovered, together with five additional species, during the study of museum specimens of the Carolina Paraceet (Conuropsis carolinensis (L.)), and was scientifically described in the year 2005.
The Carolina Paraceet was extirpated at about 1918, followed by these highly specialised parasites.
- Tila M. Pérez: Seven species of Fainalges Gaud and Berla (Analgoidea, Xolalgidae) from Aratinga holochlora (Sclater) (Aves, Psittacidae). Zoologica Scripta 24(3): 203-223. 1995
- S. V. Mironov; J. Dabert; R. Ehrnsberger: Six new feather mite species (Acari: Astigmata) from the carolina parakeet Conuropsis carolinensis (Psittaciformes: Psittacidae), an extinct parrot of North America. Journal of Natural History, Volume 39(24): 2257-2278. 2005