Four parasitic mite families newly recorded* from New Zealand
Four parasitic mite families (three in birds) are newly recorded from New Zealand. A brief diagnosis is provided for each family. Harpirhynchidae are recorded from greenfinch Carduelis carduelis. Syringophilidae are recorded from a feather/skin digest of a gannet Sula serrator and from the primary and secondary quills of a house sparrow Passer domesticus. Dermoglyphidae, Dermoglyphus passerinus Gaud, 1971, is reported from inside a primary feather of a male house sparrow. Johnstonianidae Paraplothrombium Robaux 1968 is recorded as an adult from a mesic forest floor.