Research Note

Some aspects of the life cycle of the tick ixodes pilosus under laboratory conditions

Y. Rechav
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 62, No 1 | a1572 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jsava.v62i1.1572 | © 2020 Y. Rechav | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 August 2017 | Published: 30 March 1991

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Y. Rechav, Department of Biology, Medical University of Southern Africa, South Africa

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Abstract

Some aspects of the life cycle of the tick Ixodes pilosus were studied under laboratory conditions. The preoviposition period was 7,2 ± 0,6 d. Maximum egg production was on Day 4 after oviposition commenced, with total egg production of 2 395 ± 128,7 eggs per female. The mean feeding time of larvae was 3,3 ± 0,1 d. The life cycle could not be completed due to the specific requirements of this species.

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ixodes pilosus; laboratory conditions; life cycle

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