Sucking lice (Insecta, Anoplura) from indigenous Sulawesi rodents : a new species of Polyplax from a montane shrew rat, and new information about Polyplax wallacei and P. eropepli. American Museum novitates ; no. 3052

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"Polyplax melasmothrixi, a new species of polyplacid sucking louse, is described from Melasmothrix naso, a small-bodied shrew rat known only from tropical upper montane rain forest in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The male of Polyplax wallacei is described from specimens collected from Bunomys chrysocomus trapped in tropical lowland evergreen rain forest in Central Sulawesi. A further specimen of Polyplax eropepli, a taxon previously known only from the type series, is documented from Eropeplus canus from tropical upper montane rain forest also in Central Sulawesi. Host and habitat associations for these three species of sucking lice are discussed. Polyplax melasmothrixi and P. eropepli are both known only from montane habitats in Central Sulawesi and both appear to be host specific (to M. naso and E. canus, respectively). Contrastingly, P. wallacei parasitizes two species of Bunomys in lowland forests and is known from North and Central Sulawesi"--P. [1].
19 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 17-19).