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9 October 2020 First report of Ixodes lividus (Koch,1844) in sand martins Riparia riparia in Portugal
Da Silva Luís Pascoal, Lopes De Carvalho Isabel, De Sousa Rita, Norte Ana Cláudia
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Abstract

Ixodes lividus Koch, 1844 (Ixodida: Ixodidae) is a specialised endophilic tick of the sand martin Riparia riparia whose distributional range matches that of its host in the Paleartic region. However, the presence of this tick species has not been described in Mediterranean countries where the sand martin also breeds. In this study, we investigated I. lividus infestation in 1,081 Riparia riparia individuals from two breeding colonies in central Portugal. In total, three I. lividus were collected from three sand martins (infestation rate of 0.28%). A molecular survey on these ticks did not detect the presence of any Borrelia burgdorferi s.l., Rickttesia spp. nor Babesia spp. This report expands to the south and west the known distributional range of I. lividus in Europe.

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Da Silva Luís Pascoal, Lopes De Carvalho Isabel, De Sousa Rita, and Norte Ana Cláudia "First report of Ixodes lividus (Koch,1844) in sand martins Riparia riparia in Portugal," Systematic and Applied Acarology 25(10), 1883-1888, (9 October 2020). https://doi.org/10.11158/saa.25.10.11
Received: 16 July 2020; Accepted: 17 August 2020; Published: 9 October 2020
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