Synonymy of Quadraseta brennani Goff & Whitaker, 1984 with Quadraseta antillarum (Brennan, 1967) (Trombidiformes: Trombiculidae)

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Systematic & Applied Acarology Soc London, Natural History Museum


Chiggers are ectoparasites of vertebrates and can cause trombiculiasis or transmit pathogens to their hosts. I n the Neotropical region, the genus Quadraseta Brennan includes 16 valid species. Quadraseta antillarum (Brennan) and Quadraseta brennani (Goff & Whitaker), are morphologically identical and we propose th e synonymy of Q. brennani with Q. antillarum, based on examination of both type series. The little big-eared bat, Micronycteris megalotis Gray from Venezuela is recorded as a new host.



Chigger mites, synonymy, new association, small mammals

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Systematic And Applied Acarology. London: Systematic & Applied Acarology Soc London, Natural History Museum, v. 27, n. 4, p. 763-772, 2022.