A total of 264 scrub hares (Lepus saxatilis) were examined for ixodid ticks at various localities in the
Kruger National Park, eastern Transvaal Lowveld. Thirteen tick species were recovered from these hares.
The seasonal abundances of the immature stages of Amblyomma hebraeum, Amblyomma marmoreum,
Hyalomma truncatum, Rhipicephalus appendiculatus, Rhipicephalus evertsi evertsi, Rhipicephalus simus
and Rhipicephalus zambeziensis and all stages of a Rhipicephalus sp. (near R. pravus) were determined.
Three scrub hares, examined in the north-western Transvaal Bushveld, were infested with five ixodid tick
species. Ten hares examined in the eastern Transvaal Highveld harboured three species.
A total of 15 ixodid tick species were recovered from the scrub hares examined in the three regions of
the Transvaal. No haematozoa were found in blood smears made from the hares examined in the southern
region of the Kruger National Park.
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