Arthropod parasites of springbok, gemsbok, kudus, giraffes and Burchell’s and Hartmann’s zebras in the Etosha and Hardap Nature Reserve, Namibia

Author(s)I.G. Horak, M. Anthonissen, R.C. Krecek, and J Boomker
Year Published1992
JournalOnderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research
Page Numbers253-257
Size4.57 MB

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


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