Ticks were collected at irregular intervals from December 1995 to November 1996 from wildlife on
Mtendere Game Ranch in the Chisamba District of Central Province, Zambia. Total collections were
made from two species of ground-nesting birds and 20 species of small and large mammals. Thirteen
species/subspecies of ixodid ticks were recovered. Rhipicephalus appendiculatus was the most
abundant, followed by Boophilus decoloratus and Rhipicephalus evertsi evertsi.
Small numbers of immature ticks of only a few species were collected from the birds and rodents.
The lagomorphs carried large numbers of predominantly immature R. appendiculatus. Most of the
ungulates harboured several tick species and had high infestations of R. appendiculatus. The seasonal
abundances of Amblyomma variegatum, B. decoloratus, R. appendiculatus and R. evertsi evertsi
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