Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

The ecology of the African vectors of heartwater, with particular reference to Amblyomma hebraeum and Amblyomma variegatum.

Abstract

The hosts, sites of attachment, life cycle, habitat requirements and seasonal abundance of A. astrion, A. cohaerens, A. gemma, A. hebraeum, A. lepidum, A. marmoreum, A. pomposum, A. sparsum, A. tholloni and A. variegatum, the 10 potential vectors of heartwater in Africa, are listed. Factors influencing the distribution and abundance of the ticks as well as interactions with other species and the role of predators and pathogens are discussed.