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Haemaphysalis concinna

Haemaphysalis concinna is a common rodent tick species that originally predominantly occurred in Russia and Eastern Europe,[1] but is also known from Japan, China, Germany and France.[2]

It is known to act as a disease vector.[1]

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Description[edit]

Females reach a length of three to four mm, but can grow up to ten mm when engorged; males are about three mm long. An unfed nymph is under two mm long. There are more males than females.[2]

Development[edit]

All three stages target different hosts, the eggs are laid on the ground. They mate on their host around April.[2]

Feeding behavior[edit]

Nymphs and larvae feed on small mammals such as rodents or hedgehogs, or on birds, reptiles, and humans. Adults prefer larger mammals, ranging from cats to horses, again including humans.[2]

Diseases[edit]

H. concinna can act as a vector for Francisella tularensis (tularaemia), Rickettsia sibirica (Siberian tick typhus), Rickettsia heilongjiangensis (Far-Eastern spotted fever), Virus of Russian spring-summer encephalitis (RSSE) and tick borne encephalitis (TBE).[2]

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