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A single-source reference to essential taxonomic and biological information for every species of hard tick in the world
A global overview of ixodid zoogeography and host associations
A compendium of current literature on ixodid tick taxonomy and biology, arranged by species
Hard ticks (family Ixodidae) are obligately blood-feeding ectoparasites of all classes of vertebrates except fishes. They occur worldwide and are preeminent among hematophagous arthropods for the variety of infectious agents that they transmit to humans and other animals. Because hard ticks have long been a focus of medical and veterinary research, the literature on this group is both voluminous and diffuse, with the result that those seeking information on a particular species are often at a loss as to where to turn. This book addresses that problem. Working as a team, six leading authorities on the Ixodidae have summarized current, essential information for every one of the world’s 700+ hard tick species. Under each species name, readers will find a discussion of the original taxonomic description, followed by sections on type depositories, known life history stages, distribution by zoogeographic region and ecoregion, principal and exceptional hosts, and human parasitism. Each species account concludes with a list of salient references and, where necessary, remarks on any unresolved issues warranting further research or important species-specific information, such as introductions into regions outside a species’ natural range or collections from novel hosts. No similar synopsis of the world’s hard tick species has ever been attempted.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Distribution - Hosts - Ixodidae - Taxonomy - World
Introduction Part I – The Genus Ixodes Remarks on some invalid names Individual species accounts Part II – THE GENUS Haemaphysalis Remarks on some invalid names Individual species accounts Part III – THE GENUS Amblyomma Remarks on some invalid names Individual species accounts Part IV – THE GENUS Rhipicephalus Remarks on some invalid names Individual species accounts Part V – THE GENUS Dermacentor General comment and remarks on some invalid names Individual species accounts Part VI – THE GENUS Hyalomma General comment and remarks on an invalid name Individual species accounts Part VII – The Genera Anomalohimalaya, Bothriocroton, Cosmiomma, Compluriscutula, Cornupalpatum, Margaropus, Nosomma and Rhipicentor The genus Anomalohimalaya The genus Bothriocroton The genus Cosmiomma The genus Compluriscutula (fossil) The genus Cornupalpatum (fossil) The genus Margaropus The genus Nosomma The genus Rhipicentor Part VIII – SYNOPSIS Ticks feeding on humans Distribution Hosts Species with broad distributions Type Depository Acronyms