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1 June 2016 Infestation and Seasonal Activity of Ixodes vespertilionis Koch, 1844 (Acari: Ixodidae) on the Maghreb Mouse-Eared Bat, Myotis punicus Felten, 1977, in Northeastern Algeria
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Infestation of Ixodes vespertilionis Koch, 1844 on Myotis punicus Felten, 1977 from two sites (Trios Tunnel and Sidi Trad cave) in northeastern Algeria was studied. An overall infestation of 41.4% for all stages was found among bats collected from both sites. By stage, a total of eight females, 70 nymphs, and 107 larvae were recovered from both populations. The number of females recovered per bat at Sidi Trad ranged from 0-1, for nymphs 0-2, and for larvae 0-2. While no female ticks were collected at Trios Tunnel, the number of nymphs ranged from 0-2 and for larvae 0-2. At Trios Tunnel, the number of nymphs was significantly higher during April and June but not for July and September. On the other hand, the number of larvae increased from July to November, while at Sidi Trad cave, female ticks were recovered during April and May and then disappeared until the end of the study period. Significant differences were noted during all the months when compared with all stages. Nymphs infested bats significantly during April and May, declined in June and July, and then became steady until October. Larvae peaked in July, with low frequency in April, and then fluctuated from August to November.

Mohammed Lamine Bendjeddou, Zihad Bouslama, Zuhair S. Amr, and Rihan BaniHani "Infestation and Seasonal Activity of Ixodes vespertilionis Koch, 1844 (Acari: Ixodidae) on the Maghreb Mouse-Eared Bat, Myotis punicus Felten, 1977, in Northeastern Algeria," Journal of Vector Ecology 41(1), (1 June 2016). https://doi.org/10.1111/jvec.12201
Received: 29 December 2015; Accepted: 1 January 2016; Published: 1 June 2016
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