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Experimental and Applied Acarology

, Volume 51, Issue 4, pp 393–404 | Cite as

Ticks (Acari: Ixodoidea: Argasidae, Ixodidae) of China

  • Ze Chen
  • Xiaojun Yang
  • Fengju Bu
  • Xiaohong Yang
  • Xiaolong Yang
  • Jingze LiuEmail author
Article

Abstract

This paper presents results of an investigation and listing of tick species found in China during a survey in all 28 provinces. This will be a step towards a definitive list of tick species and their distribution. To date, the tick fauna of this area consists of 117 species in the following families: Argasidae-Argas (7 species), Carios (4 species) and Ornithodoros (2 species); Ixodidae-Amblyomma (8 species), Anomalohimalaya (2 species), Dermacentor (12 species), Haemaphysalis (44 species), Hyalomma (6 species), Ixodes (24 species) and Rhipicephalus (8 species). Some well known ticks carrying and transmitting many infectious agents to man and domestic animals are also found in China. These include Ixodes persulcatus, Haemaphysalis longicornis, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, R. (Boophilus) microplus and Hyalomma asiaticum. It is worth mentioning that Ixodes rangtangensis Teng and Haemaphysalis xinjiangensis Teng should be relegated to a synonym of I. moschiferi and Hae. danieli, respectively. The distribution of ticks over the provinces of China is also discussed. The information on ticks in some areas such as Henan is not exhaustive.

Keywords

China Geographical distribution Haemaphysalis xinjiangensis Ixodes rangtangensis Ixodoidea 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This project was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (30670259) and Natural Science Foundation of Hebei province of China (C2007000266). We thank Xin Yu, Jiagang Sun, Jinlin Zhou, Yujiang Zhang et al. for specimens and Yi Sun kindly provided data on collections deposited in the museum of the Academy of Military Medical Sciences. We also thank Dr Haining Yu and Neville Sevicke Jones for the manuscript revision.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ze Chen
    • 1
  • Xiaojun Yang
    • 1
  • Fengju Bu
    • 1
  • Xiaohong Yang
    • 1
  • Xiaolong Yang
    • 1
  • Jingze Liu
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.College of Life SciencesHebei Normal UniversityShijiazhuangChina

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