Ixodes (Afrixodes) bakeri Authur & Cliford, 1961 (Acarina : Ixodidae): description of the male and immature stages from rodents and insectivores and notes on its biology in South Africa

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Abstract:

The male, nymph and larva of Ixodes (A.) bakeri are described and illustrated with line drawings and scanning electron microscope photographs. This species was originally described from 1 female from Otomys sp., Nyika Plateau, Malawi. The present material consists of 28 collections from insectivores and 19 collections from rodents, Van Riebeeck Nature Reserve, Transvaal, plus 1 collection from a rodent in the Jonkershoek Valley, Cape Province, Republic of South Africa. Its biology in South Africa is also discussed.