publication . Article . 2017

Gynandromorphism and local morphological abnormalities in Dermacentor reticulatus (Acari: Ixodidae)

Lidia Chitimia-Dobler; Martin Pfeffer;
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  • Published: 21 Mar 2017 Journal: Systematic and Applied Acarology, volume 22, page 449 (issn: 1362-1971, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Systematic and Applied Acarology Society
Abstract
<jats:p>Morphological abnormalities in ticks seem to be very rare phenomena. In this paper, we describe interesting anomalies in adult Dermacentor reticulatus collected as questing ticks by flagging as part of a tick-borne encephalitis program in Battaune, Federal State of Saxony, Germany, at the end of September 2016. The observed anomalies in the three D. reticulatus adults were: general anomalies (gynandromorphism) and local anomalies (malformation of capitulum and abnormalities of appendages). One D. reticulatus specimen displayed gynandromorphism, the presence of both male and female features within the same organism. One female showed abnormal morphology o...
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