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Like other ticks formerly placed in the genus Boophilus, Rhipicephalus annulatus has short mouthparts and a 1-host life cycle. Development from unfed larva to engorged female on a cattle host takes around three weeks. In much of the world, R. annulatus is a major pest of cattle. This species occurs in the Mediterranean region, southern Russia, and the Near and Middle East. It has extended its distribution southward into Africa. Together with R. microplus, it has been introduced into Mexico, from which it spread northward to the southern United States, triggering a successful effort to virtually eradicate it from the United States. (Jongejan and Uilenberg 2004)

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