oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Copulation and feeding in males of Ixodes pilosus Koch 1844 (Acarina: Ixodidae)



In a sample of 29 males and 102 females of Ixodes pilosus Koch, removed from Bush Buck and Duiker, 51,7% of males were attached to the host. The remainder were in association with females; 24, I % in copula and 24, I % attached to females. Of the females, 90,2% were unpaired, 6,9% in copula, while I % were parasitized by a single male and 2% were parasitized by 3 males. A large spermatophore sac protruded from the genital aperture in 5,9% of females, while in a number of others spermatophores were in various stages of deflation.


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