Series: Records of the Zoological Survey of India Occasional Papers Volume: 134
175 pages, 44 b/w maps
Ticks in Zambia are known to infest a large variety of domestic and wild animals causing severe economic losses to the animal industry because they harbour and transmit fatal diseases which lower the productivity in the affected animals.
Biologists and veterinary parasitologists having spent many years on the control of tick home diseases have now realised that a mere knowledge of the vector and a means of destroying it is not enough. There are other important factors, among them being a sound knowledge of the distrbution and ecology of the tick. The present work was undertaken on that basis and three parallel lines of investigation were undertaken; (a) a survey and critical review of the literature of the ixodid ticks of southern Africa, in general, and Zambia in particular; (b) examination and identification of the already available ixodid tick collections amounting to over two hundred thousand specimens; (c) collection and identification of new material including field and laboratory observations on the ecology of the tick species.
Considering that the findings will serve as a guide and reference for the future, all the information obtained is being collected in this monograph. Here, an attempt has been made to assemble and analyse, as much as possible, all available information, published and otherwise, with regard to descriptions available in literature and on the distribution, ecology and host relationship of ixodid ticks of Zambia that have been recorded so far.
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