Patellinirmus restinctus Tendeiro, 1972



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Coloceras restinctus Tendeiro, 1972


Originally described as Patellinirmus restinctus (Tendeiro, 1972), it was transferred to the genus Coloceras by both (Palma & Barker, 1996) and (Price et al. 2003). This was disputed by (Mey, 2003) who discussed the species under Patellinirmus.


Conservation Status


Last record: early 20th century (by implication)


It seems to have been exclusively hosted by the Norfolk Island pigeon (Hemiphaga (novaeseelandiae) spadicea) (Mey, 2003:213), which went extinct in the early 20th century (Schodde et al. 1983).



Norfolk Island, Australia


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: the female holotype is lodged in the BMNH (Tendeiro, 1972:81).

Type locality: "ilha Norfolk, Região Australiana"






Original scientific description:

Tendeiro, J. (1972). Estudos sobre os Goniodídeos (Mallophaga, Ischnocera) dos Columbiformes X - Descricao do gébero Patellinirmus nov., para tres espécies novas parasitas de columbídeos do género Hemiphaga Bonaparte. Revista Ciéncias Veterinárias 5(series A): 55-99. [Also available here]


Other references:

Mey, Eberhard. (2005). Psittacobrosus bechsteini: ein neuer ausgestorbener Federling (Insecta, Phthiraptera, Amblycera) vom Dreifarbenara Ara tricolor (Psittaciiformes), nebst einer annotierten Übersicht über fossile und rezent ausgestorbene Tierläuse. Anz. Ver. Thüring. Ornithol. 5: 201-217.

Palma, R. L. and Barker, S. C. (1996). Phthiraptera. Pp. 81-247, 333-361, 373-396. In: Wells, A. (ed.). Zoological Catalogue of Australia . Vol. 26. Psocoptera, Phthiraptera, Thysanoptera. Melbourne.

Price, R. D., Hellenthal, R. A. and Palma, R. L. (2003). World checklist of chewing lice with host associations and keys to families and genera. Pp. 1-448. In: Price, R. D., Hellenthal, R. A., Palma, R. L., Johnson, K. P. and Clayton, D. H. The chewing lice: world checklist and biological overview. - Illinois Natural History Survey Special Publication 24; X + 501 pp.

Rozsa, Lajos and Vas, Zoltán. (2015). Co-extinct and critically co-endangered species of parasitic lice, and conservation-induced extinction: Should lice be reintroduced to their hosts? Oryx 49: 107-110. 10.1017/S0030605313000628

Schodde, R., Fullagar, P. and Hermes, N. (1983). A review of Norfolk Island birds: past and present. Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service, Canberra.


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