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years my records did not show'R. evertsi immatures on any hosts (other than herbivores), exce as an incidental infestation perhaps; then last year (1950 we recorded heavy infestations among all spcies of hares in the East London district,‘

Details of the life cycle and periods of survival have been frequently reported by various South African workers beginning

with Dixon and Spruell (1898). As noted by Theiler (l943B) these periods are:

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The periods between larval hatching and feeding and between adult emergence and feeding and oviposition are not stated.

When larvae molt, they loosen their hold on the host. Nymphs reattach nearby on the same animal. Nymphs drop from the host when engorged and molt to adults on the ground. Adults mate on the host.

Unfed larvae survive for seven months and unfed adults sur_ vive twice as long.


Adults attach almost invariably in the perianal region under the base of the tail, less commonly on the teats, at the base of the legs, or on the scrotum. Larvae and nymphs cluster deep in the depressions of the inner ear suface especially at the base of the auricula; rarely on the host's flanks. (For comparison, in; mature B. decoloratus and §. a ndiculatus usually attach along the edge of the ear). All autfigrs E53 our own observations are in agreement on these feeding_site predilections. It appears

that the messy area in which adults usually feed influences to some extent the numbers of red ticks represented in collections made by Europeans though this is seldom a deterrent to "unspoiled" African assistants. An exce tion to the above statements, however, was made by Meeser (1952 , who noted that red ticks on the impala antelope of southeastern Transvaal is infested on the genitalia and shanks and almost nowhere else on the body. R. e. evertsi, together with B. decoloratus, are the chief tick parasites of

this common antelope there.

Theiler's (19502) study of the distribution of the red tick in South Africa shows that it is present in all types of forest, in all parklands except dry ones, and in all types of grasslands. It maintains itself with difficulty in shortgrass country and is generally absent from desert-shrub areas, but may persist in thorn country and in mixed desert-shrub grassland. Altitude and low temperature do not limit the red tick, but rainfall below ten or fifteen inches per annum seems to be a limiting factor. There appears to be no seasonal variation in the activities of this species.

In parts of Africa warmer than South Africa, a somewhat higher critical level of annual rainfall is probably necessary for the red tick to maintain itself, but definite limits have not yet been as.


As already noted, another subspecies (mimeticus) takes over from this subspecies in the arid areas of southwestern Africa but both are found together in the savannahs of western equatorial Africa. Such evolution of a rhipicephalid species in Africa is as unusual as the red tick's morphology and as its life cycle.

In Kenya, the red tick appears to be somewhat more adaptable than in South and West Africa. There it occurs in the deserts of Northern Province, in coastal areas and open plains, as well as in forests above 8000 feet altitude; "in fact ...... almost any..

where" (Wiley 1953).

Wilson (1953) noted that the red tick occurs in both the same areas as the R. Favus - A. gemma association (cf. page 681) and

the g. a ennflc a us - if.’ varie atum association (cf. page 274). While absent from wet zones of Nyasaland and Tanganyika, it is the dominant species in the Masai grasslands and occurs seasonauy

ix: small numbers in dry areas of the R. avus _ A. ema associa. Iurth

‘tion. The ecology of this tick requires er'detai investigation.

Around Mbui, Adamawa Province, Nigeria, the red tick forms

sixty percent of the specimens in tick collections (Unsworth 1949). Iieasons for this density should be interesting to investigate.

In the Sudan, the red tick is absent in true desert areas

but does occur and is common in a wide variety of forested savan_ nah and semidesert areas.

In Moreau's (1933) study of ticks in the stomachs of the tick; bird, Bu ha s ervthrorh chus (Stanley) in Tanganyika, specimens of R. 3. evegtsi were found in three of 58 birds examined. They numbered one, six, and eighteen ticks per stomach. In Kenya, van Someren (1951) found three adult red ticks in the stomachs of two of the same kind of bird, but none were found in ten other of the same kind that he examined and none were found in stomachs of seven.%.da. africanus. A further discussion of this subject is presen e under I. variegatum, page 275. The concealed places in

which the red tick usu y eeds probably protects it from this predator except in special circumstances.

Nymphal R. evertsi removed from hares, Le s zuluensis, have been found infected with the chalcid parasite §untereIIus hookeri

Howard, 1908 (Cooley 1934, see also note by Bédford In Cooley 1929 .


Integumentary sense organs, which are fixed in number and location, and which are essentially similar in all stages of the tick, though more primitive in larvae have been described and illustrated by Dinnik and Zumpt (1949). This subject has also been discussed by K. w. Neumann (1942).

Preliminary studies on spermatogenesis by Warren (1931), which do not appear to have been completed, indicate that in R. e. evertsi a single spermatid gives rise to several sperma_ toioa oT_§xt¥emely variable size. Warren's observations differ

considerably from those of Nordenskiold (1920) on Ixodes ricinus.


Misformed specimens of R. e. evertsi have been reported on by Santos Dias (1947B,191.8A,19‘5z.H7. “Fegg toxin has been found in this species (De Meillon 1942). Symbiotes have been reported and discussed by several workers: Cowdry (1923,l925C,l927), Buchner (1926), and Jaschke 21932). The arch of the eye has been briefly mentioned by Gossel 1935). Dgnitz (1905) observed copulation _ by insertion of the male hypostome into the female genital aperture while the legs are used as clasping organs adjacent to the cor. responding legs of the female _ but was unable to ascertain how seminal fluid was passed; Christophers (1906) stated that oh. viously it is accomplished by transfer of spermatophores during the mating act.

The life cycle and morphology of the red tick are so peculiar within this genus that a s cial subgeneric niche might seem in. dicated for R. evertsi. Theiler informs me (correspondence) that Dr. Cooley also entertained this idea while he was in South Africa, but that the immature stages are so normally rhipicephalid as to dampen any urge to take this step;7.


MAN: Boutonneuse fever (Rickettsia conorii).

CATTLE: East Coast fever (Theileria.£@£!$). Pseudo_east coast ever (T. mutans). Redwater (Babesia bi emina). Spirochetosis (Bor¥eIIE_tH§i1eri). Not a vector 0 ear water CRickett_ gig ruminantium]. I secondary bacterial infection by Coryfiebacterium o enes causes an otitis leading to the sloughing of e es s

e¥ternEI ear when infested by larvae and nymphs. The virus of "a specific transmissible petechial fever of cattle" may be transmitted to sheep by the red tick.

SHEEP: Lamb paralysis (?toxin). Apparently not a vector of Nairobi sheep disease (virus). See paragraph above.

HORSES, MULES, and DONKEYS: Equine piroplasmosis (biliary fevers) gfiabesia egui and E. caballi). Spirochetosis (Borrelia theileri .



Males: The red tick is usually large (5 mm. long) though smaller specimens do occur. Its dark scutu contrasts greatly with the reddish body integument and saffron legs. The dark eyes are hemispherical, protruding, and orbited, similar to those of hyalommids but to no other rhipicephalids except R. oculatus (and, partially, to R. pgavus). Scutal punctations'§re of nedum and large size and so numerous as to cause the scutum to appear shagreened. Lateral grooves, a posteromedian groove, and para. median grooves are pronounced. A large, pointed process from coxa I is visible dorsally. The huge adanal shields, very wide and posteriorly semicircular in outline, are also unique.


Female: This se is colored as in the male and has similar cutaI punctations and eyes so that it can never be mstaken. The scutum lacks lateral grooves.

The larva and.2ymph have been described and illustrated by Theiler (F9235).

Note: The subspecies 5. evertsi nfimeticus Dgnitz, 1910(3), has yeIIow.ringed legs while those of the typical evertsi are


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