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MAN: Tick paralysis (toxin or venom). Q fever (Coxiella burnetii).

CATTLE: Sweating sickness (virus). Lameness and paralysis in calves toxin or venom).


This tick may be associated with footrot of sheep, a secondary infection by bacteria, and lesions from its bites may lead to lameness.


Not a vector of horsesickness (virus).

NOTE: This species should be considered as strongly suspect in the transmission of rickettsial organisms among domestic and wild animals.


A somewhat deformed specimen of H. truncatum has been des cribed and sketched by Santos Dias (1947B) and another (as H. savignyi) by Tendeiro (1951F).

In various papers by E. A. Lewis on work in Kenya, based largely on H. truncatum (cf. Hoogstraal 19540), the author refers to rearing experiments by Nuttall (1913) and Patton and Cragg (1913) as being accomplished with the same species. Since Nuttall's material originated in Algeria and Patton and Cragg's in India, these workers obviously utilized different species. The material used by Nuttall, now in British Museum (Natural History) collections, reported as H. aegyptium, is H. margina tum.

The 4500 specimens of H. truncatum from throughout Africa that have been examined for the present study are highly distinctive and show considerably less variation than en countered among most other species in this genus. This ob servation is diametrically opposed to Feldman_Muhsam's (1954) remarks: "Examination of laboratory-bred material

showed an enormous range of variation between the offspring of one female". As much caution must be employed in evaluating laboratoryreared specimens as in evaluating field. collected material. Under abnormal, artificial conditions, some individuals that would not survive in the field may be protected enough to maintain the life they would otherwise lose under inclement conditions. Artificial conditions in themselves obviously induce morphological modifica tions. At any rate, extremely few atypical specimens are found in field collections.


Males: The scutum is black or reddish black and measures approximately 3.3 mm. long and 2.3 mm. wide. It is characterized by long, deep, distinct, cleanly cut lateral grooves; smooth, glossy, impunctate surface except caudally, where there is a dense patch of large, contiguous punctations. The scutum is narrowed posterior of the spiracular plate, but the posterior margin is usually not so squarely truncate as in H. impressum. The festoons number seven and the central one is not morphologe ically differentiated, as compared with H. albiparmatum in which the central festoon forms a parma resembling a miniature cellu. loid watch cover, variable in size, shape, and color. Ventrally, the small rectangular subanal shields lie posterior of the axis of the larger, rectangular adanal shields. The legs are red dish brown with bright paler rings.

Variable field collected males may be small and stunted and lack the subanal shields. Such specimens are the basis of Schulze's so called "H. lewisi" in the "subgenus Hyalommina (page 521). Collections from a few areas show somewhat more than ordinary scutal punctation. The long, clear, cleanly cut lateral grooves indicate that such specimens are H. truncatum and not lightly punctate H. impressum, as does also the com paratively more rounded posterior margin of the body.

Although H. marginatum occurs with H. trincatum only in rare localities at the northern periphery of the range of the latter, it may be well to add that the scutum of H. truncatum is characterized by fewer scapular and central punctations;

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longer and cleaner lateral grooves; glossier surface; often some what smaller size; obsolescence of posteromedian and paramedian grooves in the caudal field of dense punctations; and narrowed posterior margin. Field collected specimens of these two spe_ cies that might be confused have not been observed during the present study; Feldman_Muhsam (1954), however, states that laboratory-bred series might be confused.

Females are easily recognized if only by the genital apron, the character of which is accentuated rather than decreased by enormous engorgement. The apron is a transversely elongate oval of somewhat variable shape; in profile it is surmounted anterior. ly by a narrow, bulging lip; centrally it is deeply depressed (or concave); posteriorly it is bounded by a more or less dis tinct lip that never protrudes as much as the anterior lip. Feldman_Muhsam's (1954) figure 2F of this apron is a surprisingly unsatisfactory representation of its actual appearance and supports the assumption that this species did not prosper during the laboratory study devoted to it.

The scutum of practically every field collected female is blackish and with few punctations among which a few fine ones may be scattered. The scutum of a few specimens bears larger, superficial punctations scattered about its surface; that of greatly engorged specimens, as usual in this genus, is rugose. In the few specimens with a more punctate scutum, the genital apron is nevertheless highly distinctive and the glossy scutal appearance is retained.

Note that no known characters distinguish the females of H. truncatum from those of the less common and more restricted H. albi parmatum.


(Figures 190 to 211)

In order to better understand this group, illustrations and selected data for all species presently-recognized in the genus Hyalomma have been assembled in this section.

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*The status of H. kumari Sharif, 1928, which falls into this classification, is uncertain.

2. Coxa I simple, with two wide, short

spurs from posterior margin. Scutum
smooth, shiny with few, scattered,
large punctations; festoons unfused;
lacking lateral grooves and caudal
depression. Adanal shields large,
much like those of H. hussaini; sub
anal shields minute. (Tortoise para
site; Mediterranean and Black Sea
areas, southern Russia to western
Middle East). (Subgenus Hyalommasta).

.H. AEGYPTIUM Figures 190 and 191

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