Bdellonyssus

noun

Bdel·​lo·​nys·​sus
ˌde-lə-ˈni-səs
: a genus of mites (family Dermanyssidae) parasitic on vertebrates and including serious pests (such as B. bursa and B. sylviarum) of domestic fowl and the tropical rat mite

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin, from Greek bdélla "leech" + New Latin -o- -o- + -nyssus (as in Dermanyssus dermanyssus )

Note: Genus name introduced by the Brazilian acarologist Flávio da Fonseca (1900-63) in "Notas de acareologia XXXIV. Posição do gênero Liponissus Kolenati em face das espécies tropicais; seu desdobramento em novos gêneros (Acari, Liponissidae)," Ciencia: Revista hispano-americana de Ciencias puras y aplicadas (México, D.F.), vol. 2, nos. 6-7 (25 de julio de 1941), pp. 262-65.

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“Bdellonyssus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Bdellonyssus. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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