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Ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) collected from animals in three western, semi-arid nature reserves in South Africa : research communication

H. Golezardy, I.G. Horak
Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research | Vol 74, No 1 | a141 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ojvr.v74i1.141 | © 2007 H. Golezardy, I.G. Horak | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 September 2007 | Published: 13 September 2007

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The objective of this study was to make an inventory of the ixodid tick species infesting wild animals in three western, semi-arid nature reserves in South Africa. To this end 22 animals in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, 10 in the West Coast National Park and 16 in the Karoo National Park were examined. Fourteen tick species were recovered, of which Hyalomma truncatum, Rhipicephalus exoph thalmos and Rhipicephalus glabroscutatum were each present in two reserves and the remainder only in one. The distributions of two of the 14 tick species recovered, namely Rhipicephalus capensis and Rhipicephalus neumanni, are virtually confined to the western semi-arid regions of southern Africa. Hyalomma truncatum, R. capensis and R. glabroscutatum were the most numerous of the ticks recovered, and eland, Taurotragus oryx, were the most heavily infested with the former two species and gemsbok, Oryx gazella, and mountain reedbuck, Redunca fulvorufula, with R. glabroscutatum.

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