First records of Hyalomma rufipes and Ixodes neitzi (Acari: Ixodidae) found on large carnivores in South Africa

Anna H. Baauw*, Heloise Heyne, Kathryn S. Williams, Russell A. Hill, Ignas M.A. Heitkönig, Samual T. Williams

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Abstract

Ixodid ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) are important disease vectors for large carnivores, but the composition of the tick communities that parasitize carnivores is poorly understood. We collected ticks from leopards (Panthera pardus) and brown hyenas (Hyaena brunnea) in the Soutpansberg Mountains, South Africa, to determine which species feed on these carnivores. We identified a total of eight tick species belonging to six genera, and recorded Ixodes neitzi and Hyalomma rufipes on P. pardus for the first time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-131
JournalTicks and Tick-borne Diseases
Volume10
Issue number1
Early online date17 Aug 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Brown hyena
  • Hyalomma rufipes
  • Ixodes neitzi
  • Leopard

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