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

Volume 36, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



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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