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The effect of severe drought on the abundance of ticks on vegetation and on scrub hares in the Kruger National Park

A.M. Spickett, I.G. Horak, Heloise Heyne, L.E.O. Braack
Koedoe | Vol 38, No 1 | a305 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v38i1.305 | © 1995 A.M. Spickett, I.G. Horak, Heloise Heyne, L.E.O. Braack | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 August 1995 | Published: 25 August 1995

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A.M. Spickett, Veterinary Institute, South Africa
I.G. Horak, Faculty of Veterinary Science, South Africa
Heloise Heyne, Veterinary Institute, South Africa
L.E.O. Braack, Kruger National Park, South Africa

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Abstract

Free-living ixodid ticks were collected monthly from August 1988 to July 1993 from the vegetation of landscape zones 17 (Sclerocarya caffra/Acacia nigrescens Savanna) and 4 (Thickets of the Sabie and Crocodile Rivers) in the south-east and south-west of the Kruger National Park respectively, and parasitic ticks from scrub hares in the latter landscape zone. Total tick collections from the vegetation of both landscape zones were lowest in the year following the drought year of August 1991 to July 1992, while the tick burdens of the scrub hares were lowest during the drought year itself.

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ixodid ticks, abundance, landscape zones, scrub hares, drought

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