Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 72, Issue 2, pp 143–157

Diagnoses of and illustrated key to the species of Ixodes Latreille, 1795 (Acari: Ixodidae) from Brazil

  • Valeria Castilho Onofrio
  • Darci Moraes Barros-Battesti
  • Marcelo Bahia Labruna
  • João Luiz Horácio Faccini
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11230-008-9169-z

Cite this article as:
Onofrio, V.C., Barros-Battesti, D.M., Labruna, M.B. et al. Syst Parasitol (2009) 72: 143. doi:10.1007/s11230-008-9169-z

Abstract

The current Brazilian Ixodes fauna is composed of the following eight species: I. amarali Fonseca, 1935; I. aragaoi Fonseca, 1935; I. auritulus Neumann, 1904; I. fuscipes Koch, 1844; I. loricatus Neumann, 1899; I. luciae Sénevet, 1940; I. paranaensis Barros-Battesti, Arzua, Pichorim & Keirans, 2003; and I. schulzei Aragão & Fonseca, 1951. Further studies are needed to establish the taxonomic status of I. serrafreirei Amorim, Gazeta, Bossi & Linhares, 2003, a recently proposed species based solely on the nymphal stage. We present an up-to-date key to adults of the currently valid Brazilian species of Ixodes based on scanning electron microscopy. The relationships between Brazilian and other Neotropical Ixodes are also discussed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Valeria Castilho Onofrio
    • 1
  • Darci Moraes Barros-Battesti
    • 1
  • Marcelo Bahia Labruna
    • 2
  • João Luiz Horácio Faccini
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratório de ParasitologiaInstituto ButantanSao PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Medicina Veterinária Preventiva e Saúde Animal, Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e ZootecniaUniversidade de São PauloSao PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de Parasitologia Animal, Instituto de VeterináriaUniversidade Federal Rural do Rio de JaneiroSeropedicaBrazil