Article

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)

Citation

Durden LA, Kessler SE, Boundenga L, Ngoubangoye B, Tsoumbou TA, Moussadji-Kinga CI, Halbwax M, Setchell JM, Nichols J & Greiman SE (2020) 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). Journal of Parasitology, 106 (2), pp. 221-232. https://doi.org/10.1645/19-170

Abstract
Members of the sucking louse genus Pedicinus are ectoparasites of cercopithecid primates in Africa, Asia, and Gibraltar. Pedicinus gabonensis n. sp. is described based on 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 Pedicinus gabonensis n. sp., are reviewed. Updated identification keys are provided for males and females of all known valid species of Pedicinus.

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

Journal
Journal of Parasitology: Volume 106, Issue 2

StatusPublished
FundersEuropean Commission (Horizon 2020) and University of Durham
Publication date10/03/2020
Publication date online10/03/2020
Date accepted by journal21/01/2020
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/30746
ISSN0022-3395
eISSN1937-2345