Differential diagnosis of Ixodes ricinus and Ixodes persulcatus: nymphs and larvae
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We developed a method for differential diagnosis of nymphs and larvae of sheep (Ixodes ricinus (L.)) and taiga (I. persulcatus Sch.) ticks (Parasitiformes: Ixodidae) which allows to identify live material in the field.
KeywordsIxodes persulcatus I. ricinus Larvae Nymphs Differential diagnosis
The research was partly supported financially by a grant from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), Grant Nos. 18-04-00075-a, 15-04-01203. All applicable international guidelines for care and use of animals were followed. We would like to thank A.A. Mirolubov, engineer of the Department of Electron Microscopy at the Zoological Institute of RAS, for his qualified assistance with SEM, and the administration of the biological research station of Zoological Institute of RAS [Biological Station Rybachy (Zoological Institute of RAS: St. Petersburg, Russia)], as well as our colleagues at the Zoological Institute RAS E.V. Vorobieva and P.I. Genkin who contributed to the collection of the material.
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