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Research Project: Plant Feeding Mite (Acari) Systematics

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: A new genus and species of chiggers (Trombidiformes: Leeuwenhoekiidae) from Peru

item BASSINI-SILVA, R. - Universidad De Sao Paulo
item HUANG-BASTOS, MATHEUS - Universidad De Sao Paulo
item OCONNOR, BARRY - University Of Michigan
item KLIMOV, PAVEL - University Of Michigan
item WELBOURN, W.C. - Florida Department Of Agriculture And Consumer Services
item Ochoa, Ronald - Ron
item BARROS-BATTESTI, D.M. - Sao Paulo State University (UNESP)
item JACINAVICIUS, F. C. - Universidad De Sao Paulo

Submitted to: Journal of Medical Entomology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/9/2020
Publication Date: 2/10/2021
Citation: Bassini-Silva, R., Huang-Bastos, M., Oconnor, B.M., Klimov, P., Welbourn, W., Ochoa, R., Barros-Battesti, D., Jacinavicius, F. 2021. A new genus and species of chiggers (Trombidiformes: Leeuwenhoekiidae) from Peru. Journal of Medical Entomology. 58(3):1166-1170.

Interpretive Summary: Chiggers are associated with many wild and domestic animals and could affect humans. This paper described a new genus and a new species of a chigger associated with a wild high land mouse in Peru. These new museum records are useful for people working with acari, domestic and wild animals, conservation, quarantine, agriculture and medical and veterinary fields.

Technical Abstract: South American chiggers have historically been poorly studied and this has continued into present times. Of the 33 leeuwenhoekiid genera, only Odontacarus and Sasacarus were reported in Peru. Here are being described a new genus, Peruacarus n. gen. and a new species Peruacarus anthurium n. sp. collected parasitizing the Koford's Grass Mouse, Akodon kofordi, in this country.