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A comparison of the reproductive parameters of females of two reptile tick species


International Journal For Parasitology. 21(8): 907-912
A comparison of the reproductive parameters of females of two reptile tick species
In comparisons of females of two reptile tick species Aponomma hydrosauri and Amblyomma limbatum, Ap. hydrosauri was initially larger, and after mating on the host engorged faster and remained attached for a shorter time before completing engorgement and detaching. Amb. limbatum had a longer period of engorgement, and achieved a greater engorged weight. Engorged Amb. limbatum females laid significantly more eggs than equivalent sized Ap. hydrosauri. Although the two species are ecologically similar and were collected from the same site for this study, their reproductive differences probably reflect adaptations to different conditions in their largely allopatric ranges.

Accession: 002008614

PMID: 1787031

DOI: 10.1016/0020-7519(91)90165-4

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