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Feeding aggregation of the tick Rhipicephalus appendiculatus (Ixodidae): benefits and costs in the contest with host responses.

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Gregariousness can be advantageous in interspecific competition while intraspecific competition may favour solitude. We examined feeding behaviour of the ixodid tick, Rhipicephalus appendiculatus, in the context of interspecific (tick-host) and intraspecific (tick-tick) competition. Such competition is mediated through host rejection responses to tick infestation to which ticks respond by secreting immunodulatory saliva. We observed that group feeding adults increased their blood-feeding rate...

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10.1017/s0031182001008654

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
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Author
Journal:
Parasitology More from this journal
Volume:
123
Issue:
Pt 5
Pages:
447-453
Publication date:
2001-11-01
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EISSN:
1469-8161
ISSN:
0031-1820
Language:
English
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pubs:403000
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uuid:f21ecf93-d3e5-4574-aea6-63465019d268
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pubs:403000
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403000
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2013-11-16

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