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Ixodes kangdingensis (Acari: Ixodidae), a new species from the Siberian weasel, Mustela sibirica (Carnivora: Mustelidae) in China

  • TIANYU GUO (a1) (a2), YI SUN (a1), GUANG XU (a3) and LANCE A. DURDEN (a4)

Summary

The female and nymph of Ixodes (Pholeoixodes) kangdingensis n. sp. are described based on both morphology and analysis of 16S rRNA gene sequences. Specimens of this new tick species were collected from a Siberian weasel (Mustela sibirica) in Kangding County, Sichuan Province, China. The morphological features of the female and nymph are unique to distinguish I. kangdingensis n. sp. from other members of the subgenus Pholeoixodes, including the presence of distinctly shaped cornua, anterior and posterior processes on palpal article I and a large angular projection on each side of the hypostome. Partial sequence of 16S rRNA gene grouped this species with Ixodes arboricola and Ixodes lividus with sequence divergence of new species from I. arboricola 4·16% and from I. lividus 8·49%. Data on the phylogenetic position, hosts, geographic distribution and key to females of closely related species are also provided.

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*Corresponding author: State Key Laboratory of Pathogens and Biosecurity, Department of Vector Biology and Control, Beijing Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology, No.20, Dongdajie Street, Fengtai District, Beijing City 100071, China. E-mail: sunyi73@gmail.com

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