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Vet Parasitol. 2000 Oct 20;92(4):295-301.

Population dynamics of the free-living stages of Amblyomma cajennense (Fabricius, 1787) (Acari: ixodidae) on pastures of Pedro Leopoldo, Minas Gerais State, Brazil.

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  • 1Departamento de Medicina Veterinária Preventiva, Escola de Veterinária, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Av. Antônio Carlos, No. 6.627, Pampulha, CEP 30, 161-970 Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.


A study on the population behavior of Amblyomma cajennense larvae, nymphs and adult free-living stages was carried out in Pedro Leopoldo County, Minas Gerais State, Brazil, from July 1995 to July 1997. Larvae were collected from pasture from April to October using the technique of drag sampling with flannelette. The maximal larval population was observed during autumn (May) representing, respectively, 48 and 82% of the total numbers recovered during the first and the second years of the experiment. Nymphs and adults were captured throughout the year by the use of traps with carbon dioxide as chemical attractant. The highest population of nymphs occurred during the winter (July), representing 39.5% of the total collected specimens. Adults had the highest population density on pasture during spring and summer, i.e., from August to May, with peaks in January and February, representing 46 and 38.3% of the total collected specimens during the first and the second year of study, respectively.

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