Elephant shrews as hosts of immature ixodid ticks

Fourie, L. J., Horak, I. G. and Woodall, P. F. (2005) Elephant shrews as hosts of immature ixodid ticks. Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research, 72 4: 293-301. doi:10.4102/ojvr.v72i4.185


Author Fourie, L. J.
Horak, I. G.
Woodall, P. F.
Title Elephant shrews as hosts of immature ixodid ticks
Journal name Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0030-2465
2219-0635
Publication date 2005-09-14
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.4102/ojvr.v72i4.185
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 72
Issue 4
Start page 293
End page 301
Total pages 9
Editor J. Boomker
Place of publication Onderstepoort, South Africa
Publisher Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute, Agricultural Research Council
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
300508 Parasitology
780105 Biological sciences
Formatted abstract
Two hundred and seventy-three elephant shrews, consisting of 193 Elephantulus myurus, 67 Elephantulus edwardii and 13 animals belonging to other species, were examined for ixodid ticks at 18 localities in South Africa and Namibia. The immature stages of Ixodes rubicundus, Rhipicentor nuttalli, Rhipicephalus warburtoni and a Rhipicephalus pravus-like tick were the most numerous of the 18 tick species recovered. Substantial numbers of immature Rhipicephalus arnoldi, Rhipicephalus distinctus and Rhipicephalus exophthalmos were also collected from elephant shrews at particular localities.

Larvae of I. rubicundus were most numerous on E. myurus in Free State Province from April to July and nymphs from June to October. Larvae of R. nuttalli were most numerous on these animals during April, May, August and September, and nymphs in February and from April to August. The immature stages of R. warburton were collected from E. myurus only in Free State Province, and larvae were generally most numerous from December to August and nymphs from April to October.
Keyword Elephant shrews
Ixodes rubicundus
Ixodid ticks
Macroscelids
Rhipicentor nuttalli
Rhipicephalus warburtoni
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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