Ticks (Acari: Ixodida) of Senegal: frequency of reported hosts, seasonal dynamics and chorology of Amblyomma (Xiphiastor) variegatum (Fabricius, 1794)
2007 - Volume: 47 Issue: 1-2 pages: 13-23
KeywordsAmblyomma variegatum vertebrate hosts dynamics distribution Senegal
The authors report the results of several years observation on the hosts of Amblyomma (Xiphiastor) variegatum (Fabricius, 1794). The hosts of the preimaginal and imaginal (= adult) stages of the tick are quoted with their order of frequency. These data on the hosts and distribution relate to 28 368 ticks: 13 703 males, 5044 females, 5358 nymphs and 4263 larvae of A. variegatum collected from 57 hosts representing 46 different genus of vertebrates. This Amblyomma preferentially parasitizes the mammals (91,55%), the birds (8,11%) and then the reptiles (0,06%). 0,27% of our collections were obtained in natura (treeholes, vegetation and burrow). These observations cover the various ecological zones.
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