Accession Number:

ADA045348

Title:

Ectoparasites of African Mammals.

Descriptive Note:

Final scientific rept. 1 Dec 72-30 Jun 76,

Corporate Author:

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIV PROVO UT CENTER FOR HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Report Date:

1976-11-30

Pagination or Media Count:

9.0

Abstract:

This study consisted of ectoparasites from approximately 100,000 African small mammals, representing probably more than 500 species of which many are yet undescribed. The study was undertaken because 1 epidemiological studies of arthropod-borne diseases require a sound taxonomic base. 2 a study of ectoparasites may provide information concerning interactions among animal reservoirs of disease, and 3 an understanding of ecological parameters for ectoparasites and their hosts may enhance understanding of epidemiological patterns. Of the four major groups dealt with, considerably more work was done with the mesostigmatid mites and the fleas than with the ticks and the trombiculid mites. All the fleas were mounted and many identified. Almost all mesostigmatid mites from northwest Africa were mounted and identified at least to genus, however, only about half of those collected in southern Africa were mounted. A major paper dealing with the mite genus Laelaps in Africa has been published in the Great Basin Naturalist. Another paper is currently being prepared for publication by a graduate student dealing with the genus Haemolaelaps in northwest Africa south of the Sahara. Approximately half of the trombiculid mites have been mounted on slides, but almost none have been identified. Very little work has been done with the ticks.

Subject Categories:

  • Biology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE