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Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research

On-line version ISSN 2219-0635
Print version ISSN 0030-2465

Abstract

DE MATOS, C. et al. Ixodid ticks on dogs belonging to people in rural communities and villages in Maputo Province, Mozambique. Onderstepoort j. vet. res. [online]. 2008, vol.75, n.2, pp.103-108. ISSN 2219-0635.

The species composition and geographic distribution of ixodid ticks infesting domestic dogs owned by people in rural communities and villages in Maputo Province was established by collecting ticks from dogs at each of 27 localities spread throughout the province. Ticks were collected from a total of 132 dogs, and nine species belonging to four genera were identified. One dog was infested with six species, three with five and 13 with four species. Haemaphysalis elliptica followed by Rhipicephalus simus were present on dogs at most localities, and their geographic distribution in Maputo Province has been mapped for the first time.

Keywords : Dogs; geographic distribution; Haemaphysalis elliptica; ixodid ticks; Maputo Province; Mozambique; Rhipicephalus simus.

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