Systematic & Applied Acarology
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Systematic & Applied Acarology (2009) 14, 216–224.

Ixobioides truncatus (Johnston) comb. nov. (Acari: Mesostigmata: Ixodorhynchidae): a synonymy and redescription

University of Arkansas, Department of Entomology, 319 Agriculture Building, Fayetteville, AR 72703, USA



The family Ixodorhynchidae consists of snake ectoparasites found worldwide. This study synonymizes Ixodorhynchoides Johnston with Ixobioides Fonseca and fully describes and figures Ixobioides truncatus comb. nov. A key to world genera of ixodorhynchids and all species of Ixobioides is also provided.

Key words: Ixodorhynchidae, mites, snakes, Ixodorhynchoides, Ixobioides, Mesostigmata

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Accepted by Owen Seeman: 11 Dec. 2009


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