|Author(s)||I.G. Horak, M. Anthonissen, R.C. Krecek, and J Boomker|
|Journal||Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research|
A total of 48 springbok, 48 gemsbok, 23 kudus and 6 giraffes were examined for ticks and lice, while 9 Burchell's zebras and 6 Hartmann's mountain zebras were examined only for ticks. Springbok and gemsbok were shot in both the Etosha National Park in the north and the Hardap Nature Reserve in the south of Namibia. All the other animals were shot in the Etosha National Park.
A total of 7 ixodid tick species and 8 lice species were recovered. The springbok carried few ticks. The adults of a Rhipicephalus sp. (near R. oculatus) were most numerous on the gemsbok, especially during November. The kudus were the only animals harbouring Rhipicephalus zambeziensis. Adult Hyalomma truncatum, followed by adult Hyalomma marginatum rufipes, were most abundant on the giraffes and adult Rhipicephalus evertsi mimeticus were commonest on the zebras.
Key Words: giraffe, parasites, arthropod, lice, ticks
Authors: I.G. Horak, M. Anthonissen, R.C. Krecek, and J Boomker
Journal: Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research