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RUSSIA: As H. anatolicum: Pomerantzev, Matikashvily, and Lototsky 1940. Galuzo ISA. Blagoveshchensky and Serdyukova 1946. Lototsky and Pokrovsky 1946. Pervomaisky 1954. Pavlovsky, Pervomaisky, and Chagin 1954. Viazkova and Bernadskaia 1954. Gajdusek 1956.

As H. anatolicum anatolicum: Serdyukova 1946A,B. Markov, Gildenblat, Kurchatov, and Petunin 1948. Pomerantzev 1950. Pervomaisky 1950A. Gajdusek 1953. Tselishcheva 1953.

As H. anatolicum excavatum: Serdyukova 1941. Pervomaisky 1949,195öA.TPomerantzev IgEO." Petrisheheva 1955.

As H. amurense: Olenev 1931A,C.

As H. asiaticum caucasicum: Pomerantzev, Matikashvily, and Lototsky 1920.

As H. excavatum: Blagoveshchensky and Serdyukova 1946. Zhmaeva, Pchelkina, Mishchenko, and Karulin 1955.

As H. turkmeniense: Olenev 1931A,C. Kornienko-Koneva and Shmulreva 1922. Chumakov, Petrova, and Sondak 1945. Pomerantzev 1946. Markov, Gildenblat, Kurchatov, and Petunin 1948. As H. tunisiacum turkmeniense: Kratz 1940. Delpy (1949B) considered H. turkmeniense as questionably a synonym of H. excavatum; Pomerantzev (1950) synonymizes it under H. excavatum (= H.


#. 7As H. savi armeniorum: Olenev 1929A. Schulze and Schlottke 1930. # and Popov 1934. As H. armeniorum: Kratz 1940.7

?As H. savignyi; Zolotarev 1934. Galuzo 1935, 1941, 1944. Bern .# Pavlovsky 1940. Zotova and Bolditzina 1943. Galuzo, Bolditzina, and Kaitmazova 1944. For a discussion of Delpy's remarks concerning Soviet confusion between H.

excavatum and H. marginatum : H. savignyi) see page 470. 7 As H. rhipicephaloides, Yakimov 1922,1923. Olenev 1929s.

MIDILE EASE INDIA Z. As H. kumari: Sharif (1928, 1930). Delpy (1949B) considers H. kumari as a synonym of H. excavatum, but it seems best to reserve judgement on this matter for the moment. Numerous specimens typical of H. excavatum are present in BMNH collections, H.H. det. As H. savi * gupta (1955) and Dasgupta and Ray (1955); the possi y that these refer to H. marginatum should be considered/. PORTUGESE INDIA (Santos

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H. excavatum is a parasite of cattle, horses, donkeys, camels, buffaloes, sheep, goats, and swine. It also attacks man and dogs. Hares appear to be especially important wild hosts.

Nymphs are variable in occurrence on cattle, but nymphs and larvae are often found on calves. Nymphs and larvae frequently attack rodents, and normally do so on the desert. They also feed on man, hares, lizards, and birds.

All stages of H. excavatum have been observed feeding on hares in a forest near Casablanca where other wild and domestic animals are absent (Blanc and Bruneau 1953,1954,1955). In Anatolia, numerous adults have been reared from nymphs taken from hares (Hoogstraal, ms.). A larva has been reported from a hare in Iraq (Hubbard 1955). In Yemen these animals are heavily infested by immature stages (Hoogstraal, ms.). British Museum # History) collections contain specimens from Indian hares Nuttall lot 3423; H.H. det.). Wherever hares and H. excavatum occur together the association appears to be an important one.

The complete absence of any specimens of H. excavatum on more than five hundred hedgehogs collected throughout Egypt, is noteworthy (Hoogstraal, : Hedgehogs were, however, used as laboratory hosts of immature stages by Feldman-Muhsam (1948).

Delpy (1949C) considers birds, especially nestlings, important hosts of nymphs. A male in British Museum (Natural History)

collections has been reared from a redstart, P. enicurus (= Ruticilla pluvenicurus) at Amara on the Tigris # (Nuttall

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Single instances of attack of human beings have been reported from France (Buttner 1949) and Iraq (Hubbard 1955; whether actually feeding not stated). During field work for the present study, feeding specimens of H. excavatum have been taken from personnel in Egypt, Turkey, and Yemen (Hoogstraal, ms.). In Uzbekistan, this tick (= H. anatolicum) often attaches to man (Gajdusek 1953).

Apparently the only larger wild animals yet recorded as hosts of the adult stage are gazelles in French Somaliland (Hoogstraal 1953E).

Biological observations in Egypt thus far have been confined to searching for naturally infested wild animals in the field, keeping them alive in the laboratory, and allowing ticks that drop from them to molt to the next stage. Adults reared from nymphs taken from wild animals have been from the following hosts:

Lizard Acanthodactylus boskianus (fairly common)
Lesser Egyptian gerbil Gerbillus g. gerbillius (common)
Greater Egyptian gerbil Gerbillus E. Eyramicum (common)
Fat Sandrat Psammomys o. obesus # common)
Sundevall's jird Meriones c. crassus fairly common)
Shaw's jird Meriones S. Shawi (fairly common)
Spiny nouse Acomys spp. (uncommon)
Iesser Egyptian jerboa aculus i- jaculus (uncommon)
Hares Lepus Capensis subspp. (common)

Colas-Belcour and Rageau (1951) report adults in Tunisia from burrows of gerbils, jirds, and fat sandrats and nymphs from jirds. They also found H. excavatum in burrows and on other rodents in France. Adults of H. excavatum in rodent burrows are always newly molted, remaining there before they venture forth to seek a larger host (Hoogstraal, ms.). There is no evidence to consider gerbils as common hosts of adults, as stated on the map of the American Geographical Society (1954); see also Erratum sheet).

Life Cycle

The several investigators who have reared H. excavatum in the laboratory (Delpy 1952 in Iran; Daubney and Said 1951 in Egypt;

Feldman-Muhsam l948 in Palestine; Brumpt and Chabaud 1947 in France, and Serdyukova 1946A in £ confirm that this is normally a three-host species. In Tadzhikistan, however, Lototsky and Pokrovsky (1946) consider H. excavatum (= H. anatolicum) to be a two-host tick. Feldman Muhsam observed that some larvae may remain on the host through the nymphal stage, but Delpy (1946C) stated that if they do so, they first detach and wander away, for example to the ear, and reattach only after molting. Daubney and Said observed a single larva molting while still attached. On desert rodents in Egypt nymphal H. excavatum have on several occasions been found attached to the host and partially enclosed by the larval exuvia. Possibly in these situations, where hosts are scarce, the typical life cycle is more commonly somewhat altered. On Egyptian deserts, the molt from nymphal to adult stage typically occurs in rodent burrows. Remarks that desert rodents dislodge most ticks attached to them by rubbing, shaking, or eating are contrary to frequent experience

in Egypt.

The effect of a small size host on the life cycle of H. excavatum has perhaps best been described by Serdyukova (1946A, as H. anatolicum) (from abstract in Review of Applied Entomology):

"Larvae from a single egg-batch engorged on a
rabbit, which is an unusual host for this tick. Some
detached after engorgement, others molted on the ani-
mal. Some of the resulting nymphs wandered on the
rabbit without feeding but others engorged and then
dropped off. Larvae placed on the ears of a calf all
detached after engorging, and no engorged or molting
larvae or larval exuvia were observed on calves in
the field. Ticks collected in a calf shed included
freshly engorged and molting larvae and unfed nymphs.
It is concluded, therefore, that H. excavatum (= H.
anatolicum) develops as a three-host tick on its "
normal host, but that an unusual host may alter this
behavior. The cycle of ixodid development has prob-
ably altered as a result of evolutionary processes.
The type of development that occurs on the usual
host should be considered as normal, and deviations
from it on unusual hosts as atavistic."

It is significant that the Russian worker considers the rabbit to be an atypical host of immature stages of H. excavatum. This is far from true in North Africa and Arabia, where hares and other smaller animals are frequently parasitized (rabbits do not occur here). Most probably smaller animals are also parasitized in Russia but workers there, who have been occupied chiefly with veterinary problems, have failed to investigate this possibility. Indeed, it seems that a diametrically opposed, theoretical conclusion might be drawn:

Under primitive conditions, in areas lacking large
numbers of domestic animals, H. excavatum spends part
or all of its life cycle on small animals, usually no
larger than hares. In these situations it undergoes a
one or two-host type of life cycle. However, when herds
of larger domestic animals are present in the range of
this tick, the adults and sometimes the immature stages
may be confined to these animals. On these larger ani-
mals, H. excavatum undergoes a three-host type of life
cycle, which is an atypical one for the species, in-
fluenced as it is by the availability of hosts due to
human activities.

This matter is obviously in need of further investigation.

With regard to the seasonal cycle of H. excavatum, the aforementioned authors working in Iran, Egypt, and Palestine, as well as Serdyukova (1946B) working in the semi-deserts of Tadzhikstan, agree that engorged nymphs and young adults hibernate in cracks and crevices of buildings during the winter; the Soviet observer states that larvae may also overwinter under these conditions. In Russia, hibernating ticks were taken in, among, under, and in association with wooden fixtures of animal enclosures, but not under cakes of dung plastered on loose walls. When these structures were removed the incidence of ticks found in these yards the following summer was only a fraction of what it had been the previous year. In the deserts of Egypt engorged nymphs and unfed adults overwinter in rodent burrows.

In spring, ticks that have hibernated venture forth to feed. Under experimental conditions, if they are removed to a warmer

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