Protonyssus proctorae   (Mironov, Dabert & Ehrnsberger)


 
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Carolina Parakeet Feather Mite
(Protonyssus proctorae)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

USA: Florida; Georgia; Illinois (?); Kentucky (?); Louisiana; Missouri (?); North Carolina; Ohio (?); South Carolina; Virginia; West Virginia

 
local name: -

 
size: (?)

extinction date: ca. 1918

 
This feather mite lived as a ectoparasite in the plumage of the Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis (L.)) and died out together with its only host.

 
References:

- 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