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STAGE . DAYS EXTREMES
Larva 6 3 to 1.1
These authors reported individual females laying from 2000 to 8000 e gs, but Pomerantzev (1950, for the synonymous H.
asiaticum notes as many as 14000 eggs.
Males mate with unengorged or with feeding females while on the host. In the absence of males, females either detach pre... maturely from the host or remain fixed for an exceptionally long time .. as long as two nnnths.
In the Kazalinski district of Russia (Pomerantzev 1950), adults parasitize domestic animals from April to the end of October, but are most connnon from May through August while larvae and nymphs attack hedgehogs in July and August. Fe. males that become engorged late in autumn undergo a winter diapaaise and do not oviposit till spring.
Delpy and Gouchey (1937) found H. dromedarii to be very tolerant of low humidity and extreme? in temperature (0°C. to 37°C.). Unfed larvae and especially unfed nymphs avoid dry atmosphere npre than engorged stages and adults.
H. dromedarii is probably the most completely desert..adapted of all ixoad ticks. In remote Siwa Oasis of Egypt, it, together with R. s neus, is the only connnon ixodid tick. Italian and French 0 servers elsewhere in North Africa and Soviet workers in Russia have made similar observations. The camel hyalomma ap. pears to be equally at home in all desert situations where animals occur, as well as insemidesert and steppe areas. In Yemen and Eritrea, it is also common in mountainous areas to 7000 feet altitude wherever there are people and camels (Hoogstraal, ms.).
When traveling over remote parts of the African and Arabian deserts engorged females have been observed desperately crawling
on sand. The opportunities for dispersal of H. dromedarii over long camel routes may easily be imagined, but a large number of ticks undoubtedly perish in either the egg or larval stage along these wide and indefinite trails through barren deserts. Blanc, Martin, and Bruneau (1949) report females on camels that had ax; rived, after a trek of longer than a week, across the Sahara, at Goulimine in southern Morocco from Mauritania, over a thousand kilometers away. In Egypt, similar infestations are found in the Cairo area on camels just arrived from the Sudan (these
also bear other Sudanese but not Egyptian species of ticks)
and in Siwa Oasis on camels from distant parts of Libya.
In Egypt, unfed adults may be taken on the desert of the Mediterranean littoral at any time of the year. Unfed adults either come rushing at any potential host, including man, from under desert shrubs or are collected in rodent burrows before they depart in search of larger hosts. Engorged, ovipositing females may be observed in rodent burrows as well as under desert shrubs, in camel yards, and under stones. On the littoral desert unfed adults are seen at any time of the day in all see. sons.
In attempts to determine whether larvae produce an acquired imunity in the hosts, thus preventing subsequent larvae from engorging on the same animal, Brumpt and Chabaud (1947) fed this stage on rabbits with negative results.
Differences in size of each stage and sex have been presented by Campana_Rouget (1954).
A capillary tube arrangement, which has proved successful for the artificial feeding of adults of H. dromedarii for physio. logical and disease.transmission studies, has been described by Chabaud (l950A) .
Parasitic wasps (H no tera), Hunterellus hookeri, have been bred from nymphs 0% E. dromedarii (- E. asiaticum) in Russia by Bernadskaia (19393).
Integumentary sense organs, which are fixed in nuber and location and essentially similar in all stages, though more primitive in larvae, have been described and illustrated by Dinnik and Zumpt (1949). These are the organs that Delpy (1938) had previously referred to as spiracles ("stigmates respiratoires").
Pervomaisky (1949) was unable to rear a full F1 generation from parthenogenetic females of_§. dromedarii. Abnormal specimens have been described by Pavlovsky (l9ZO) and Ilfeev (1948).
The feeding of large numbers of this tick C: H. asiaticum) induces inflammation of the host skin that hinders-norm§I engorge_ ment, especially of females that are likely to die as a result. When additional species compete for space, "a further antagonistic factor increases the obstacles" (Pavlovsky, Pervomaisky, and
Chagin 1954) .
Warburton and Nuttall (1909, page 71) oduced an excellent illustration of H. dromedarii (H. aegptium but the legend, inferring South‘Ifrica as the saurce, is misleading. Apparently the only specimen from South Africa is the abnormal one (figure 18), the identity of which is uncertain.
"H. asiaticum", which Delpy considers to be a synonym of H. dromed§FiI:_I§-still treated by Soviet workers (Pomerantzev I950) as a separate species with several subspecies and with a wider geographical range than H. dromedarii. This form is less robust, smaller, and more slender, witfi a shorter posteromedian groove than in giant males typical of H. dromedarii. The fe. males are more elongate than the typically ro5Est female H. dromedarii she the length_width ratio of their palpi and Br their scutum is longer. Such individuals are also encountered in African populations. Delpy (1946) first considered the short, wide palpal shape to be diagnostic but further studies indicated so much variation that "applied strictly to determination of isolated specimens, (this character) would have led to errors. (Also) the ratios that are true for a young, recently molted tick are no longer accurate when this tick has aged and become engorged". The shortness of the posteromedian groove appears concomitant with the general lack of robustness in these smaller
and more slender ticks.
Feldman.Muhsam (1954) states "The type specimens of §. drone. darii asiaticum as well as_§. asiaticum citri s differ from H. dromedarii and are not synonyms of H. dro arii". Witout further
explanation, it is impossible to evaluate this remark.
MAN: A host and vector of Q fever (Coxiella burnetii).
Experimentally, this tick can be infected with the virus of Russian spring_sumer encephalitis, with the virus of mosquito. borne autumn encephalitis from the Russian Maritime Province, and with the virus of a Japanese mosquito.borne encephalitis.
CATTLE: Theileriasis (Theileria spp.). This tick (as H. asiaticum) is apparently not a carrier of brucellosis (Brucella
Males: Typical males are recognized by (1) large size (average length: 5.7 mm., range 5.2 mm. to 7.0 m.; average width: 3.8 mm., range 3.0 mm. to 5.0 mm.), (2) distinct lateral displacement of the subanal shields, (3) short, deep lateral grooves limited to the posterior third of the scutum; and (A) few, large shallow punctations variously scattered over the surface and complete or almost complete absence of other puncta. tions. Also distinctive is the deep, usually narrow, postero. median groove extending from the distinct parma to the scutal midlength. This groove is bounded on either side by converging ridges; laterad of these ridges are deep, wide, often rugose paramedian grooves. The paramedian grooves are of variable length, and posteriorly delineate the two median pairs of fes. toons, which are often massive and which are larger than the more or less distinct‘three lateral pairs of festoons. Another pair of parallel ridges ma be present between the paramedian grooves and the lateral grooves.
Variations of the above characters are as follows: Small punctations may be present and rarely may be obtrusive enough to suggest H. i eltatum; also a line of large punctations ex. tending anteriorly from the ape of the lateral grooves may suggest H. im eltatum. In engorged specimens, at least, differences in the posgerior area of the scutum separate such specimens. In some specimns a dense field of small punctations may be present posteriorly, suggestive of H. excavatum. The subanal shields are sometimes divided into two pairs, BEE very few such specimens have been seen during the present study. In unengorged males, the subanal shields are closer to the central sis of the anal shields than otherwise, but their center is still exterior of the central axis of the adanals. Color varies from yellowish brown through dark brown to brownish black. The legs are usually paler than the scutu and the segments may be ringed by a paler
Females: Typical females may be recognized by (1) the nar_ rowly elongate and triangular genital aperture, which in profile slopes gradually, (2) the comparatively wide scutal outline (1ength_width ratio about equal, (3) few, large, scattered tations and frequent rugosity of the scutal surface, and (4§ large size. The palpi are usually twice as long as their com_ bined width. The color varies from yellowish brown to black; the legs are usually paler than the body and may be concolorous or ringed.
The genital aperture is most distinctive and hardly variable.
In newly molted females its outline is slightly concave sub_ apically, but in engorged specimens the lateral margins are usually straight. The narrowly triangular outline is apparent. ly never lost. A narrow, raised integumental fold surrounds
The scutal outline is widest just anterior of the eyes. The wide, deep, long cervical grooves are usually rugose as is also the scutal surface of most engorged specimens. From ten to twenty (average thirteen) large puctations are scattered over the central field and an equal number occur in each scapular field. Average newly mlted specimens measure about 5.5 mm. long by 3.2 mm. wide, but engorged individuals may be 30.0 mm. long and 15.0 m. wide. Scutal length is about 3.2 mm., width about 2.8 m.