Haemaphysalis colasbelcouri ( Santos Dias, 1958 )

Petney, Trevor N., Boulanger, Nathalie, Saijuntha, Weerachai, Chitimia-Dobler, Lidia, Pfeffer, Martin, Eamudomkarn, Chatanun, Andrews, Ross H., Ahamad, Mariana, Putthasorn, Noppadon, Muders, Senta V., Petney, David A. & Robbins, Richard G., 2019, Ticks (Argasidae, Ixodidae) and tick-borne diseases of continental Southeast Asia, Zootaxa 4558 (1), pp. 1-89: 23-24

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Haemaphysalis colasbelcouri ( Santos Dias, 1958 )


Haemaphysalis colasbelcouri ( Santos Dias, 1958)  

This primitive Haemaphysalis   possesses a number of characters similar to those of the former genus Aponomma   and was originally named Aponomma colasbelcouri   by Santos-Dias (1958). Hoogstraal and Wilson (1966) described Ha. vietnamensis   , which proved to be a junior synonym of Ap. colasbelcouri   ( Camicas et al. 1998; Guglielmone et al. 2009), now correctly classified as Ha. colasbelcouri   .

This is a rare species known from Vietnam and southern and southwestern China ( Hoogstraal and Wilson 1966; Phan Trong 1977; Kolonin 1992, 1995; Teng and Jiang 1971). Kolonin (2009) points out that its presence in northern Vietnam is uncertain and that a closely related species might occur there. In addition, he reports that females of this species from Bamun Island (Dao Ba Mun) are intermediate between Ha. colasbelcouri   (as Ha. vietnamensis   ) and Ha. kitaokai   , a primitive Haemaphysalis   species from East Asia (Hoogstraal 1969; Chen et al. 2010).

The female is described in Hoogstraal and Wilson (1966) and the male in Kolonin (1992), both as Ha. vietnamensis   .