Volume 16, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


This book represents part of the final report on a survey of the ixodid ticks of cattle carried out by the Veterinary Department in Tanganyika from 1955–1961. This survey had its origin in attempts to control East Coast fever, the most important tick-borne disease of the country. During the course of the survey, collections were also made from domesticated mammals other than cattle, wild mammals, human beings, birds (very few), and reptiles. Despite the breadth of the project, the report fastens tightly on the tick-cattle interrelation and the problems inherent in it.

The introductory chapter reviews the origin, purpose, and scope of the survey and provides an historical account of tick studies in Tanganyika. This is followed by three chapters providing descriptions of the territory, the livestock of the territory, and the methods employed in the study. The major part (143 pp.) of the work is an account, arranged according to species, of the ticks (63 species in 8 genera) encountered in the survey.


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