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

Volume 37, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



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.

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Article metrics loading...


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error