Haemaphysalis spp

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Adult Haemaphysalis spp tick[1]

Haemaphysalis spp are a group of parasitic Ixodidae ticks found on cats worldwide[2].

A variety of species of haemophysalis have been recorded to infect cats including:

  • Haemaphysalis longicornis[3]
  • Haemaphysalis leporipalustris (normally found on rabbits)
  • Haemaphysalis chordeilis (birds)
  • Haemaphysalis concinna
  • Haemaphysalis punctata
  • haemaphysalis inermis[4].
  • Haemaphysalis bispinosa
  • Haemaphysalis cornigera
  • Haemaphysalis koenigsbergi
  • Haemaphysalis semermis[5]
  • Haemaphysalis leachi leachi[6]

Normally these species do not cause diseases in dogs, apart from worry and anemia if present in large numbers[7].

Cases of transmission of hemoplasmas such as Babesia spp, Ehrlichia spp, Anaplasma spp and Mycoplasma haemominutum have been reported.


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  3. Zhang L et al (2012) Anaplasma phagocytophilum infection in domestic animals in ten provinces/cities of China. Am J Trop Med Hyg 87(1):185-189
  4. Hornok S et al (2010) Molecular investigation of hard ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) and fleas (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae) as potential vectors of rickettsial and mycoplasmal agents. Vet Microbiol 140(1-2):98-104
  5. Wells K et al (2012) Ectoparasite infestation patterns of domestic dogs in suburban and rural areas in Borneo. Parasitol Res 111(2):909-919
  6. Adejinmi JO (2011) Effect of Water Flooding on the Oviposition Capacity of Engorged Adult Females and Hatchability of Eggs of Dog Ticks: Rhipicephalus sanguineus and Haemaphysalis leachi leachi. J Parasitol Res 2011:824162
  7. Apanaskevich DA & Horak IG (2008) Two new species of African Haemaphysalis ticks (Acari: Ixodidae), carnivore parasites of the H. (Rhipistoma) leachi group. J Parasitol 94(3):594-607