Life Cycle of Amblyomma romitii (Acari: Ixodidae) Under Laboratory Conditions.


The life cycle of Amblyomma romitii Tonelli-Rondelli, 1939 is reported for the first time, using rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) for larvae and capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) for nymphs and adults, as experimental hosts. Developmental periods of free-living stages were observed in an incubator at 27 ± 1°C, 80 ± 10% relative humidity (RH), and 24-h darkness. The life cycle of A. romitii in the laboratory could be completed in an average period of 216.4 d. The overall sex ratio (M:F) was 1:1.4. The results showed that rabbits are quite suitable as experimental hosts for the larval stages of A. romitii, while capybaras are suitable experimental hosts for nymphs and adults.

DOI: 10.1093/jme/tjv160

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@article{Landulfo2016LifeCO, title={Life Cycle of Amblyomma romitii (Acari: Ixodidae) Under Laboratory Conditions.}, author={Gabriel Alves Landulfo and Hermes Ribeiro Luz and Janio dos Santos Sampaio and Jo{\~a}o Luiz Hor{\'a}cio Faccini and Darci Moraes Barros-Battesti}, journal={Journal of medical entomology}, year={2016}, volume={53 1}, pages={48-53} }