Effect of infection by Babesia spp. on the development and survival of free-living stages of Boophilus annulatus

Vet Parasitol. 1987 Jan;23(1-2):147-54. doi: 10.1016/0304-4017(87)90033-1.


Oviposition, egg hatching and survival of newly-hatched larvae of Boophilus annulatus were studied in relation to infection by Babesia species and different temperature regimens. Infection of female ticks by Babesia bigemina or B. bovis had no effect on the time elapsed between engorgement and oviposition. The duration of oviposition was shorter in infected females incubated at 25 degrees C or 35 degrees C and infected females laid fewer eggs than the controls. No larvae hatched at 16 degrees C. B. bigemina-infected eggs hatched more quickly than uninfected eggs at 35 degrees C. The hatching percentage of B. bigemina-infected eggs was reduced by 50% at an incubation temperature of 25 degrees C and by 75% at 35 degrees C. At 16 degrees C there was no difference in the duration of survival of infected and non-infected larvae but at 25 degrees C and 35 degrees C the mean survival period of infected larvae was significantly lower than those of controls.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Babesia / physiology*
  • Female
  • Host-Parasite Interactions
  • Larva
  • Oviposition
  • Ticks / parasitology*
  • Ticks / physiology