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Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research

versão On-line ISSN 2219-0635

Onderstepoort j. vet. res. vol.75 no.2 Cape Town  2008

 

ORIGINAL RESEARCH

 

Ixodid ticks on dogs belonging to people in rural communities and villages in Maputo Province, Mozambique

 

 

C. De MatosI; C. SitoeII; L. NevesIII; N.R. BrysonIV; I.G. HorakV

IDirecção de Ciências Animais, Instituto de Investigação Agrária de Mozambique, C.P. 1922, Maputo, Mozambique, and Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, Private Bag X04, Onderstepoort, 0110 South Africa
IIDirecção de Ciencias Animais, Instituto de Investigação Agrária de Mozambique, C.P. 1922, Maputo, Mozambique
IIIFaculdade de Veterinária, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, C.P. 257, Maputo, Mozambique
IVDepartment of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, Private Bag X04, Onderstepoort, 0110 South Africa
VDepartment of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, Private Bag X04, Onderstepoort, 0110 South Africa, and ARC-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute, Onderstepoort, 0110 South Africa, and Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of the Free State, P.O. Box 339, Bloemfontein, 9300 South Africa

 

 


ABSTRACT

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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Accepted for publication 14 January 2008-Editor

 

 

* Author to whom correspondence is to be directed: E-mail: ivan.horak@up.ac.za

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