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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 92, No. 4, 1997, pp. 545-548
Bioline Code: oc97098
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 92, No. 4, 1997, pp. 545-548

 en Artificial feeding of Amblyomma cajennense (Fabricius, 1787) (Acari: Ixodidae) through silicone membrane
Saulo Teixeira de Moura; Adivaldo Henrique da Fonseca; Claudia Gorgulho Nogueira Fernandes & Jerry F Butler

Abstract

An artificial feeding system was used where citrated bovine blood was
offerred to male and female Amblyomma cajennense. Vestiges of blood,
sweat, hair and exfoliated skin were used as phago-stimulants placed on the
surface of the silicone membrane. The ticks were collected, as engorged
nymphs, from naturally infested equines, with the ecdysis occurring in the
laboratory. Four hundred ticks were used, 50% being female, at three to
four weeks post-ecdysis. Vestiges of blood on the silicone membrane were
the most efficient phago-stimulant and the association of vestiges of blood
and sweat residue smears yielded better results compared to the other
phago-stimulants used.

Keywords
Amblyomma cajennense - silicone membranes - artificial feeding - equines

 
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