oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The histopathology of skin following bites by Hyalomma rufipes (Koch 1844), and a theory on feeding by th is tick
|Article Title||The histopathology of skin following bites by Hyalomma rufipes (Koch 1844), and a theory on feeding by th is tick|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Journal||Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa|
|Affiliations||1 Tick Research Unit, Rhodes University, Grahamstown|
|Publication Date||Jan 1973|
|Pages||117 - 124|
|Keyword(s)||Amblyomma, Aponomma and Ixodes, H. rufipes, Hyalomma Tufipes and Lysins|
The damage to host skin following infestation by the larvae and nymphs of Hyalomma Tufipes is descriptionbed. This is initiated by secretions of lysins of tick salivary origin, and the subsequent lesion results from cellular activity of the host. A possible theory on the method of feeding by hard ticks, with particular reference to H. rufipes, is proposed. This may also explain how ticks with long mouth parts become detached on completion of feeding.
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