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A small form of Ornithodoros (Alectorobius) coniceps (Canestrini 1890) (Ixodoidea, Argasidae) from India and U.S.S.R. with wild birds as hosts in India

Hoogstraal, H.

1962 - Volume: 4 Issue: 2 pages: 190-192


Acari Ixodoidea Ornithodoros coniceps Oriental region India


A collection of ticks apparently refera ble to Ornithodoros (Alectorobuts) coniceps (Canestrini, 1890) from nests of swallows, Hirundo sp., at Agra, India, extends the previously known range of this species (southern Europe, northwestern Africa, Palestine, southwestern Russia) eastward by sorne 2000 miles. Usually reported from domestic fowl and man, this tick s wild hosts should be further sought by examination of nests of swallows and other birds. The small size of individuals in population samples from U.S.S.R. and India, in relation to those from Europe, northwestern Africa, and Palestine, suggests the presence of a large western form and a small eastern form of O. coniceps. Larvae from India are necessary in order:finally to settle the question of differentiation of this population from O. capensis Neumann, and additional studies of capensis samples from many parts of the world are required for a satisfactory taxonomie disposition of this complex.

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