While a Western Spindalis should not be expected to be seen at any time in Florida, the Long Pine Key nesting event will hopefully be a harbinger of things to come. Thus, the number of articles in the second antennae of males is six, as found in both the Chinese and new samples from the United States. Though not as rare in Florida as the aforementioned species, a much sought after Western Spindalis zena zena Bahamas Black-backed was reported by David Hall at Markham Park on 26 November. Females of the Chinese specimens match the original description except in the number of articles on antennae 2 six and five articles in the Chinese material and holotype, respectively. After sputter coating with colloidal gold, the specimens were examined with a KYKYB scanning electron microscope. The genus Spindalis currently consists of four species including Spindalis zena highlighted in this article , Spindalis dominicensis, Spindalis portoricensis, and Spindalis nigricephala. Introduction As part of a review paper on the parasites of thalassinidean shrimp from China collected in the s and s An et al. Markham Park is multi-use venue with events on the weekend that one might expect to be disruptive of the wildlife, but has been proven not to be the case. Please be reminded about this weekly Southwest Florida Wildlife Blog with the email gadget located in the upper right of this page. The purpose of this article is to redescribe O. Markham reviewed what was known of the host relationships and biogeography of bopyrid parasites of thalassinideans and since that time four additional species have been described Markham ; Boyko and Williams ; An et al. Thalassinidean shrimp are important ecosystem engineers Berkenbusch and Rowden , ; Itani ; Berkenbusch et al. However, newly examined material from the United States showed females are variable in this character, exhibiting 5—6 articles on antennae 2. The epicaridium larvae of O. In addition, thalassinidean shrimp can have detrimental effects on shellfish industries Feldman et al. It would certainly be prudent to look extremely closely at any bird thought Spindalis to ensure it is not another rare visitor to Florida, or possibly a first known record. We report the first record of O.