Abstract:Hyalomma isaaci and Rhipicephalus microplus are two common hard tick species infesting buffalo and cattle. Biological data on the ticks' life cycle were collected by experimental infestation on New Zealand white rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) under controlled conditions (70%-80% Relative humidity and 27 ± 1 ᵒ C Temperature). Life cycle parameters including latency period, oviposition, feeding, moulting periods were determined and the Mean Reproductive Efficiency Index (REI) and Reproductive Aptitude Index (RA… Show more
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