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Research Project: Mite Systematics and Arthropod Diagnostics, with Emphasis on Adventive and Invasive Species

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: Two new species of chiggers (Trombidiformes: Trombiculidae) from Brazil

item BASSINI-SILVA, R. - Universidade De Sao Paulo
item WELBOURN, W. - Department Of Agriculture-Bureau Of Plant Industry
item Ochoa, Ronald - Ron

Submitted to: Journal of Medical Entomology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/8/2021
Publication Date: 4/21/2021
Citation: Bassini-Silva, R., Welbourn, W.C., Ochoa, R. 2021. Two new species of chiggers (Trombidiformes: Trombiculidae) from Brazil. Journal of Medical Entomology. 58(4):1-8.

Interpretive Summary: Chiggers are parasitic mites affecting many vertebrate animals including humans. This paper described two new species of chiggers from Brazil. This information is useful for people working with mites of medical and veterinary importance, quarantine, forest and agriculture ecosystems.

Technical Abstract: Larval Trombiculidae are parasites of terrestrial vertebrates, including humans. The two new species belonging to the American genera Colicus Brennan and Parasecia Loomis are described in the present study. Both species were collected in Minas Gerais State, Brazil, Colicus barrosbattestiae n. sp. parasitizing the rodent, Oligoryzomys fornesi and Parasecia jacinaviciusi n. sp. parasitizing the marsupial, Monodelphis domestica.