oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Is Amblyomma theilerae Santos Dias a valid species? (Acarina: Ixodoidea)

Volume 32, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



In 1947, J. A. Travassos Santos Dias descriptionbed a new species of Amblyomma which he based on a single male collected off a bovine in the municipal abattoir of Magude, Mozambique. He named it Amblyomma theileri in honour of Dr Gertrud Theiler, the well-known tick expert of Onderstepoort. According to the rules of nomenclature, the specific name must bear a feminine ending, and consequently, Santos Dias (1962) corrected the name of the tick to Amblyomma theilerae.

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