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Volume 63, Issue 4


Description of Haemaphysalis (Alloceraea) Kolonini sp. nov., a new species in subgenus Alloceraea Schulze (Ixodidae: Haemaphysalis) in China

Chun-Hong Du
  • Yunnan Institute of Epidemic Diseases Prevention and Control. No.5 Wenhua Rd. Xiaguan Dis. Dali, Yunnan, P.R. China
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  • State Key Laboratory of Pathogen and Biosecurity, Department of Vector Biology and Control, Beijing Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology, No.20 Dong-dajie Street, Fengtai District, Beijing 100071, P.R. China
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Published Online: 2018-10-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2018-0080


Southeastern Asia has been postulated as probably the original sites of genus Haemaphysalis, where numerous structurally advanced haemaphysalids now occur. Because of its phylogenetic and biological interest, we report the discovery of a structurally primitive new species Haemaphysalis (A.) kolonini belonging to subgenus Alloceraea from Baoshan and Weixi cities, Yunnan province, southwestern China. Both the morphological and phylogenic characteristics of the species support congruently to erect Hae. (A.) kolonini as a new species. The male and female adults of Haemaphysalis (A.) kolonini are respectively described and illustrated. Taxonomic discussion and keys to Alloceraea species in China are also provided to be able to distinguish species that are close morphologically.

Keywords: Alloceraea; Haemaphysalis (A.) kolonini; novel species; China


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About the article

Received: 2017-08-08

Revised: 2018-06-04

Accepted: 2018-06-18

Published Online: 2018-10-18

Published in Print: 2018-12-19

Financial support. This work was supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of P. R. China (grant number 2006FY120100) and National Critical Project for Science and Technology on Infectious Disease of P. R. China (grant number 2017ZX10303404), Critical Program of State Key Laboratory of Pathogen and Biosecurity of China (SKLPBS1504), Natural Science Foundation of China (81360413), Program of Cultivation of Technological Innovative Talents of Yunnan Province (2014HB093).

Conflict of interest statement. Authors declare no conflict of interests.

Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, Volume 63, Issue 4, Pages 678–691, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, ISSN (Print) 1230-2821, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2018-0080.

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