Engorgement, mass at repletion and moulting success of immature Ixodes rubicundus after sequential infestations
of their natural hosts, rock elephant shrews (Elephantulus myurus) , were investigated under laboratory conditions.
The reaction of E. myurus is characterized by inefficient or non-existent anti-tick immunity which enables immature
I. rubicundus to attach and engorge successfully and ensures a high moulting success rate.
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