First report of Hyalomma tick infestation on Mottled wood owl (Strix ocellata)

July 26, 2015

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A mottled wood owl (Strix ocellata) was rescued in February 2015 and brought to Critical Care Unit of Society for Wildlife Conservation, Education and Research (Wild-CER). Mottled wood

owl (Strix ocellata) is a

resident species of peninsular India and prefers open wooded areas around factories, villages and cultivation.

The bird when brought to Wild-CER was emaciated and severely dehydrated. A tick from eye region was collected and preserved in 70% alcohol. It was processed and identified as Hyalomma tick based on the morphological characters described by Sen and Fletcher

(1962). Hyalomma is genus of hard

bodied tick with inornate scutum and are found commonly in Asia, Europe and North Africa.

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