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INCIDENCE, SPECIES AND ATTACHMENT SITES OF IXODIDAE TICKS IN CATTLE, SHEEP AND GOATS IN ALGERIA

Published in AgroLife Scientific Journal, Volume 11, Number 1
Written by Lotfi DERRADJ, Karima KOHIL

A four-month survey was carried out to study the incidence and intensity of Ixodidae on cattle, goats, and sheep brought to the slaughterhouse in the municipality of Tadjenanet, in north-eastern Algeria. Of the 448 animals examined, 67 (14.95 %) were infected by one or more ticks. Two hundred sixty-two ticks were collected, and nine species grouped under two genera were inventoried: Rhipicephalus spp. (79.77%) and Hyalomma spp. (20.23%). The tick species collected included Hyalomma anatolicum, Hyalomma excavatum, Hyalomma impeltatum, Hyalomma lusitanicum, Hyalomma marginatum, Hyalomma scupence, Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) annulatus, Rhipicephalus bursa, and Rhipicephalus sanguineus. This is the first time that Hyalomma impeltatum have been reported in the Mila region. The most abundant species was Rhipicephalus bursa (40.84%). The present study provides primary data on the status of ticks in domestic ruminants in the province of Mila

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