May 26, 2016 at 12:08AM on Facebook
““Owls are extremely poorly examined for parasitic mites,” said Dr. Maciej Skoracki, one of the co-authors. “Our knowledge about syringophilid mites associated with owls is insufficient, and currently the quill mite fauna includes only eight species recorded from 11 owl species, which constitutes only 4.7 percent of the whole owl biodiversity. I hope that our study will be the first step to full knowledge of the quill mite fauna associated with strigiform birds because a lot of new species of quill mites are still waiting to be discovered.”’
Just as I’ve always said.
New Species of Quill Mite Is an Ectoparasite of Owls