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Experimental and Applied Acarology

, Volume 60, Issue 2, pp 263–270 | Cite as

Ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) from medium-sized to large mammals in Ehime Prefecture, Japan

  • Takeo Yamauchi
  • Shinji Yano
  • Takahito Yamamoto
  • Eiji Yamamoto
  • Taisuke Miyamoto
Article

Abstract

Ixodid ticks were collected from medium-sized to large mammals in Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku, Japan. Ten species of ticks (Amblyomma testudinarium, Dermacentor taiwanensis, Haemaphysalis flava, H. formosensis, H. hystricis, H. longicornis, H. megaspinosa, Ixodes nipponensis, I. ovatus, and I. tanuki) were collected from a total of 29 mammals comprising 11 species. Haemaphysalis hystricis, a possible vector of Japanese spotted fever in Ehime prefecture, was collected from Canis lupus familiaris (domestic dog), Martes melampus melampus, and Sus scrofa leucomystax. This is a first report of H. hystricis from the domesticated dog in the endemic area of Japanese spotted fever. This suggests that it is necessary to pay attention to dogs as a host of the vector ticks for Japanese spotted fever control. Nyctereutes procyonoides and Ma. melampus are new hosts for A. testudinarium. Nyctereutes procyonoides, Mustela itatsi, and Lepus brachyurus are new hosts for H. formosensis. Martes melampus is a new host for H. hystricis.

Keywords

Amblyomma Dermacentor Haemaphysalis Ixodes New host Possible vector 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We are deeply indebted to Mr. Masatoshi Ishiyama (Uwajima City), Mr. Takashi Takino (Ozu City), Mr. Eiji Tsumura (Foundation of Matsuno Town Sightseeing public corporation Nijinomori-park Osakanakan), Mr. Hidetsuna Mitsuda (Kumakogen Town), Mr. Kiyokazu Hashigoe (Uwajima City), and Mr. Naohiko Togame (Kumakogen Town) for supplying the valuable host mammals. The first author is grateful to the late Mrs. Kyoko Yamauchi (Ehime Women’s College) for her assistance in the survey in Uwajima City. This study was supported in part by Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare (H21-shinkou-ippan-005, 006).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Takeo Yamauchi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Shinji Yano
    • 3
  • Takahito Yamamoto
    • 4
  • Eiji Yamamoto
    • 5
  • Taisuke Miyamoto
    • 6
  1. 1.Entomological Laboratory, Faculty of AgricultureEhime UniversityTarumi, MatsuyamaJapan
  2. 2.Toyama Institute of HealthImizuJapan
  3. 3.Omogo Mountain MuseumWakayama, KumakogenJapan
  4. 4.Saijo Nature SchoolOofuki, SaijoJapan
  5. 5.Yamamoto Institute of Forest BiologyUchikoJapan
  6. 6.Nature Kikaku Wildlife Research OfficeUwajimaJapan

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