The objective of the study was to record the tick species collected from three species of tortoise,
each in a different province of South Africa. Ticks were collected from leopard tortoises,
Stigmochyles pardalis, in the southern region of the Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
province; from hingeback tortoises, Kinixys zombensis, in the Enseleni Nature Reserve,
KwaZulu-Natal province and from angulate tortoises, Chersina angulata, in the West Coast
National Park, Western Cape province. Of the 63 leopard tortoises examined, 58 were infested
with Amblyomma marmoreum and 49 with Amblyomma hebraeum, and all stages of development
of both species were recovered. Amblyomma nuttalli was collected from 25 hingeback tortoises,
and all stages of development were present. All 24 angulate tortoises examined were infested
with Amblyomma sylvaticum, and large numbers of larvae, nymphs and adults were collected.
Three snake species and a sand lizard were also infested with A. sylvaticum. The adults of
A. marmoreum, A. nuttalli and A. sylvaticum were identified as specific parasites of the family
Testudinidae, whereas all stages of development of A. hebraeum were classified as generalists.
All authors read and approved the manuscript. A.P. collected
ticks from leopard tortoises and from angulate tortoises and
ascertained the sites of attachment of ticks on angulate
tortoises. K.J.L. collected ticks from hingeback tortoises, and
I.G.H. identified all the ticks and compiled the first draft of
Walker, Jane B.; Schulz, K.C.A.; Bigalke, R.D.(Published by The Government Printer, Pretoria, 1984)
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Horak, Ivan Gerard; Dower, Kathy M.; Petney, T.N.; Bigalke, R.D.(Pretoria : Government Printer, 1988)
The success of natural infestations of various life history stages of Amblyomma hebraeum and Amblyomma
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