Wanchinga & Oteng


Observations on the feeding and development of larvae of Rhipicephalus Appendiculatus Neumann (Acrina: Ixodidae): Effects of host nutrition, by D.M. Wanchinga and A.K. Oteng, Zambia Journal of Science & Technology, Vol.5, October 1980, Pg. 28-32


Observations were made on the feeding and development patterns of larvae of Rhipicephalus appendiculatus Neumann reared on starved cross-bred rabbits. Oryctolagus cuniculus. Emaciated rabbits kept on low ration levels yielded larger numbers of engorged larvae (an increase of 100.40%) than rabbits on high ration levels. The duration of feeding, engorged weights and moulting success of larvae were not affected by the physiological state of host animals. The observed feeding pattern of larvae on starved rabbits was considered to be of practical importance in the maintenance of high tick population levels in nature.

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