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

Arch Inst Pasteur Madagascar. 2001;67(1-2):49-52.
[Article in French]


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.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Altitude
  • Animals
  • Arachnid Vectors / microbiology
  • Arachnid Vectors / parasitology
  • Arachnid Vectors / physiology*
  • Endemic Diseases / statistics & numerical data
  • Host-Parasite Interactions / physiology*
  • Ixodes / microbiology
  • Ixodes / parasitology
  • Ixodes / physiology*
  • Madagascar
  • Mammals / physiology
  • Phylogeny
  • Population Surveillance
  • Sampling Studies
  • Species Specificity
  • Tick Control / methods*