Turkish Journal of Zoology




Feather mites (Astigmata) are among the most common ectosymbionts that live on birds. The present research was conducted between 2010 and 2013 in the Kızılırmak delta Cernek Bird Ringing Station in Samsun, Turkey. Assessments of the taxonomy, collection methods, and the periodic host-species relationships of the mites collected were conducted for 591 individuals of 10 bird species belonging to the family Sylviidae captured using mist nets during the bird migration periods. Ten feather mite species were identified from the families Proctophyllodidae, Analgidae, and Trouesartidae. These species are Strelkoviacarus quadratus (Haller, 1882); Dolichodectes edwardsi (Trouessart, 1885); Proctophyllodes cetti Badek, Mironov, and Dabert, 2008; Proctophyllodes clavatus Fritsch, 1961; Proctophyllodes doleophyes Gaud, 1957; Proctophyllodes sylvia Gaud, 1957; Trouessartia bifurcata (Trouessart) 1884; Trouessartia inexpectata Gaud, 1957; and Trouessartia trouessarti Oudemans, 1904. Among these species, Trouessartia bifurcata (Trouessart) 1884 is a new record for Turkey. New host records were reported from Turkey for 7 feather mite species. The least damaging method for the birds is to collect mites directly by using a stereomicroscope and forceps. The maximum number of feather mite species (7) was detected on Sylvia atricapilla and the minimum (1) on Phylloscopus trochilus. Proctophyllodes clavatus and Proctophyllodes sylvia were the most commonly recorded feather mite species.


Astigmata, Sylviidae, feather mites, Kızılırmak delta, birds, host, Turkey

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