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J Parasitol. 2020 Apr 1;106(2):221-232. doi: 10.1645/19-170.

A New Species of Sucking Louse from the Mandrill from Gabon with a Review of Host Associations and Geographical Distributions, and Identification Keys to Members of the Genus pedicinus (Phthiraptera: Anoplura: Pedicinidae).

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1
Department of Biology, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia 30458.
2
University of Stirling, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Stirling FK9 4LA, Scotland.
3
Durham University, Department of Anthropology, Durham, DH1 3LE, U.K.
4
Centre de Primatologie, Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville (CIRMF), B.P. 769 Franceville, Gabon.
5
Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux, B.P. 20379, Libreville, Gabon.

Abstract

Members of the sucking louse genus Pedicinus are ectoparasites of cercopithecid primates in Africa, Asia, and Gibraltar. Pedicinus gabonensis n. sp. is described on the basis of adult male and female specimens collected from the mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx) in Gabon. The new species is compared morphologically with other members of the genus Pedicinus, and a nuclear elongation factor 1 alpha gene sequence is provided. Host associations and geographical distributions of the 18 previously recognized species of the genus and of P. gabonensis n. sp. are reviewed. Updated identification keys are provided for males and females of all known valid species of Pedicinus.

KEYWORDS:

Pedicinus ; Phthiraptera; Anoplura; Dichotomous Key; Gabon; Geographical Distributions; Host Associations; New Species

PMID:
32164028
DOI:
10.1645/19-170

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