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Survival of unfed Rhipicephalus appendiculatus and Rhipicephalus zambeziensis adults.
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PMID:  16134972     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Two ixodid tick species, Rhipicephalus appendiculatus (Neumann) and Rhipicephalus zambeziensis (Walker et al.) (Acari: Ixodidae), both originating from the southern province of Zambia, were used to study the survival time of adults at a range of different humidities and temperatures. In general, the experiment clearly demonstrates the different survival times of the two species in relation to the climatic conditions tested: survival of R. zambeziensis was better under more extreme conditions of temperature and humidity. These findings offer an explanation for the different distribution ranges of the two tick species. Rhipicephalus appendiculatus is more confined to cooler and wetter conditions, whereas R. zambeziensis is adapted to hotter and drier areas.
M Madder; N Speybroeck; A Bilounga; D Helleputte; D Berkvens
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical and veterinary entomology     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0269-283X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. Vet. Entomol.     Publication Date:  2005 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-09-01     Completed Date:  2005-10-04     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8708682     Medline TA:  Med Vet Entomol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  245-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Animal Health, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nationalestraat 155, B-2000 Antwerp, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Food Deprivation
Insect Vectors / physiology*
Rhipicephalus / physiology*

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