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Hyalomma aegyptium on Spur-thighed Tortoise (Testudo graeca) in Urmia Region West Azerbaijan, Iran

Author(s): E Tavassoli | N Rahimi-Asiabi | M Tavassoli

Journal: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
ISSN 1735-7020

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 40;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: Ticks | Spur-thighed tortoise | Hyalomma ageyptium | Iran

Background: Ticks are obligate blood feeders that parasitize a wide variety of animals. Hyalomma aegyptium, parasitize tortoises and other small wild life and livestock. This study was carried out to determine spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca) infestation to H. ageyptium in Urmia region West Azerbaijan of Iran. Methods: The study was carried out over a 16 month period from the spring of 2004 to the fall of 2005. A total of 32 tor¬toises were sampled. Results: The results indicated that 14 tortoises infected with ticks. A total of 117 ticks were collected from infested animals, the minimum and maximum tick infestation was 1-60. Ticks were attached to the axilla of fore and hind legs of tortoises. All ticks were determined to be H. aegyptium. Conclusion: H. aegyptium was the most common tick species in the study area. Due to tendency of some people to keeping tortoise as pet animal, more attention must be done to tortoise’s tick infestation. Due to existence of H. aegyptium on tor¬toises in this region more study will need to evaluate presence of this tick on other animal species and its role on transmis¬sion of diseases.
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