Ticks of Domestic Animals in Africa: A guide to identification of species 

First published in 2003  by: A.R.Walker, A.Bouattour, J.-L.Camicas, A.Estrada-Peña, I.G.Horak, A.A.Latif, R.G.Pegram & P.M.Preston. Bioscience Reports, Edinburgh. Sponsored by the International Consortium on Ticks and Tick Borne Disease (second ICTTD, European Union project number ICA4-CT-2000-30006); ISBN: 0-9545173-0-X;  221 pages, original line drawings and photographs, illustrated glossary of all terms used for identification; covers all of Africa, also Madagascar.

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Some comments from readers:

‘Recently I saw a copy of the excellent book that you co-authored. It is the best book on tick identification that I have ever seen’ G.P.Kaaya, Namibia.

‘This is a world class publication in both content and production.’ R.A.Bram, USA.

Summary of contents:

First there is a 20 page glossary of terms, and of definitions of the characters and their states used for identifying ticks. These are all illustrated.

Chapter 2 describes briefly the feeding, reproduction and life cycles of ticks. Also instructions are given on collecting and preservation of ticks.

Chapter 3 shows how to identify ticks to the correct genus. This is illustrated with 28 colour photographs and 8 sets of line drawings.

Chapter 4 consists of 176 pages showing how to identify the commonest 48 species of ticks that are important to health of domestic animals throughout Africa and Madagascar. Each tick species has one page describing its general characters, hosts, life cycle, and disease relations. The distribution is shown in a map for each species. Then the adult female and male ticks are identified using a set of characters and their particular states that is valid for each genus. Every character state is illustrated using large labelled line drawings, and these are defined in an illustrated glossary.  

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In association with publication of this identification guide the ICTTD distributed: "An introduction to the biology and control of ticks in Africa" by Abdallah A.Latif & Alan R.Walker.

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For readers of the above article on ticks and their control, there is also a more detailed review paper, published in a research journal. "Eradication and control of livestock ticks: biological, economic and social perspectives". A.R.Walker, 2011.

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More information and images of ticks can be found in Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, for example the article: Ticks of Domestic Animals.

Ticks of Australia: The species that infest domestic animals and humans

Stephen C. Barker & Alan R. Walker

Stephen Barker of the University of Queensland. Published 2014 in Zootaxa, 3816 (1) 1-144, (Magnolia Press, Auckland) ISSN 1175-5326. 

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This identification guide to 16 species is similar in content and style to the guide to African ticks. At 144 pages it contains a fully illustrated glossary and detailed accounts of the biology of these ticks.

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