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Long-term dynamics of population density and species composition of pasture ixodid ticks (Parasitiformes, Ixodidae) in anthropogenic and natural areas


Long-term monitoring of population density and species composition of ixodid ticks inhabiting the territory of Tomsk and its outskirts has demonstrated that at least two species (Ixodes persulcatus and I. pavlovskyi) simultaneously inhabit all the biotopes examined. It was found that the fraction of I. pavlovskyi increased in biotopes adjacent to city buildings. I. persulcatus dominated in natural control biotopes, whereas I. pavlovskyi were found in these biotopes as solitary specimens. It was demonstrated that during 15 years of observation (1996–2011), the population density of ticks in the outskirts significantly increased. The combination of ecological and chemical methods of tick control in limited territories can result in a noticeable decrease of tick population density. Two tick species non-typical of the region (Dermacentor reticulatus and Haemaphysalis concinna) were revealed in one biotope.

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Original Russian Text © V.N. Romanenko, 2011, published in Parazitologiya, 2011, Vol. 45, No. 5, pp. 384–391.

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Romanenko, V.N. Long-term dynamics of population density and species composition of pasture ixodid ticks (Parasitiformes, Ixodidae) in anthropogenic and natural areas. Entmol. Rev. 91, 1190–1195 (2011).

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