publication . Article . Other literature type . 2019

General and Local Morphological Anomalies in Amblyomma lepidum (Acari: Ixodidae) and Rhipicephalus decoloratus Infesting Cattle in Uganda.

Lawrence Mugisha; Maja Malmberg;
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  • Published: 01 May 2019 Journal: Journal of Medical Entomology, volume 56, issue 3, pages 873-877 (issn: 0022-2585, eissn: 1938-2928, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract
Abstract Morphological abnormalities in ticks seem to be rare phenomena in nature, and are underreported in Africa. In this article, we describe general and local anomalies in two Amblyomma lepidum females and one Rhipicephalus decoloratus female collected from cattle in Moroto and Kasese districts, Uganda. One A. lepidum specimen displayed metagynander gynandromorphism with the presence of both male and female features in the same organism. The second A. lepidum female showed slight asymmetry and lacked a genital aperture. The R. decoloratus displayed multiple anomalies that included asymmetry on the right side in association with ectromely, chitinous formation...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: parasitic diseases
free text keywords: Short Communications, morphological anomaly, tick, cattle, Uganda, Insect Science, General Veterinary, Parasitology, Infectious Diseases
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