Morphology, Physiology, and Behavioral Biology of Ticks

edited by John R. Sauer and J. Alexander Hair. 510 pages, illustrated. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 605 Third Avenue, New York, New York 10158. 1986. $74.95

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  • Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 660 West Redwood Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

This book arose from two symposia held during August 1984 at the XVII International Congress of Entomology in Hamburg, West Germany. In compiling the collection of 22 papers the editors have done a valuable service to tick biologists and tick-borne disease specialists. The book is organized into two major parts dealing with structure and function and ecology, behavior, and tick-host relationship. The papers vary in quality and scope and, with few exceptions, are data-rich, representing laboratory results of the authors' rather than overall review of the major topics.

The part on structure and function consists of 12 papers and begins with a detailed discussion of cell biology of the ixodid tick salivary gland by Fawcett et al. This presentation is followed by 3 other excellent papers: salivary gland degeneration (by Kaufman); molecular basis of salivary secretion (by Sauer et al.); and the role of salivary gland in the biosynthesis of tick paralyzing toxin and immunogens of Ixodes holocyclus (by Stone and Binnington).