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Arch Inst Pasteur Madagascar. 2001;67(1-2):49-52.

[Analysis of tick-host parasitic specificity. Evaluation of the Madagascar situation and intense samplings].

[Article in French]

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Institut Pasteur de Madagascar, BP 1274, 101 Antananarivo, Madagascar.


Ticks are traditionally considered being host-specific parasites. The pattern of tick-host relationship was elucidated by exhaustive collection from a considerable number of potential hosts from numerous sites in the Malagasy mid-altitude forest. It can from the findings be concluded that the Malagasy ticks found on small mammals may be distinguished as either having a broad host-specificity or being highly host-specific. The results may provide important information in respect to phylogenetic studies with regards to the geological history of Madagascar and its endemic fauna.

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