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 and Madagascar.

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.

‘I have passed it on the the Entomology Department of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases who are delighted to have such an excellent aid to their work.’ H.Saevitzon, South Africa.

‘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. (It is necessary to be selective to prevent the book being too expensive and difficult to produce. Thus many species that are locally important to domestic animals, or occur mainly on wild animals are not included). 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 on several pages the adult female and male ticks are identified using a set of characters and their states that is valid for each genus. Every character state is illustrated using large labelled line drawings, and characters and their states are defined in an illustrated glossary. 

Click tickguide- below for a free download of the revised version of 2014 (12 Mb)

        •  tickguide-Africa.pdf

In association with publication of this identification guide the ICTTD distributed "An introduction to the biology and control of ticks in Africa" by A.A.Latif & A.R.Walker. Click tick-biology- below to download (8Mb).


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. Printed book on payment direct to Zootaxa, or free pdf online sponsored by Merial.

This identification guide to 16 species is fully illustrated in similar style to the guide to African ticks. It also contains detailed accounts, derived mainly from the Australian literature, of the biology of these ticks.

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