Contributions to the morphology and phylogeny of the newly discovered bat tick species, Ixodes ariadnae in comparison with I. vespertilionis and I. simplex

Sándor Hornok, Jeno Kontschán, Agustín Estrada-Peña, Isabel G.Fernández De Mera, Snežana Tomanović, José De La Fuente

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Abstract

Background: Recently a new hard tick species, Ixodes ariadnae has been discovered, adding to the two known ixodid tick species (I. vespertilionis and I. simplex) of bats in Europe. Findings: Scanning electron microscopic comparison of adult females of these species shows morphological differences concerning the palps, the scutum, the Haller's organ, the coxae, as well as the arrangement and fine structure of setae. Molecular analysis of 10 geographically different isolates revealed 90-95% sequence homology in the 12S and 16S rDNA genes of bat tick species. Based on 12S rDNA sequences, genotypes of I. ariadnae clustered closest to I. simplex, whereas according to their 16S rDNA gene they were closest to I. vespertilionis. The subolesin gene of I. ariadnae had only 91% sequence homology with that of I. ricinus, and is the longest known among hard tick species. Conclusions: The present study illustrates the morphology and clarifies the phylogenetic relationships of the three known bat tick species that occur in Europe. According to its subolesin gene I. ariadnae may have a long evolutionary history.

Original languageEnglish
Article number47
JournalParasites and Vectors
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 24 2015

Keywords

  • 12S rDNA
  • 16S rDNA
  • Bat
  • Ixodes
  • Subolesin
  • Tick

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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