Tick infestations of white-tailed deer in Alabama.

L. A. Durden, S. Luckhart, G. R. Mullen, S. Smith

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Four species of ticks were collected from 537 white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), examined during the hunting seasons (November to January) of 1988-89 and 1989-90 at selected locations in Alabama (USA). Ixodes scapularis was the most common tick recovered (2,060 specimens) and infested 54% of the deer. Dermacentor albipictus was the second most frequent tick (1,253 specimens) and infested 15% of the deer. Amblyomma americanum was the third most frequent tick (315 specimens) and infested 24% of the deer; this was the only species of tick collected from deer at all sampling locations. Amblyomma maculatum was an infrequent parasite (five specimens) and infested only 1% of the deer; this tick species was only recorded during the 1989-90 season. Year-to-year and geographical differences in tick infestation parameters were noted. The data are compared with those reported for previous surveys of ticks infesting white-tailed deer in Alabama and adjacent states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)606-614
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Wildlife Diseases
Volume27
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1991
Externally publishedYes

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Dermacentor albipictus
Amblyomma maculatum
Amblyomma americanum
Ixodes scapularis
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Durden, L. A., Luckhart, S., Mullen, G. R., & Smith, S. (1991). Tick infestations of white-tailed deer in Alabama. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 27(4), 606-614.

Tick infestations of white-tailed deer in Alabama. / Durden, L. A.; Luckhart, S.; Mullen, G. R.; Smith, S.

In: Journal of Wildlife Diseases, Vol. 27, No. 4, 10.1991, p. 606-614.

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Durden, LA, Luckhart, S, Mullen, GR & Smith, S 1991, 'Tick infestations of white-tailed deer in Alabama.', Journal of Wildlife Diseases, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 606-614.
Durden LA, Luckhart S, Mullen GR, Smith S. Tick infestations of white-tailed deer in Alabama. Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 1991 Oct;27(4):606-614.
Durden, L. A. ; Luckhart, S. ; Mullen, G. R. ; Smith, S. / Tick infestations of white-tailed deer in Alabama. In: Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 1991 ; Vol. 27, No. 4. pp. 606-614.
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