Disease Relationship 131,135
This species is third in number with regard to the abundance and number of KFD
virus isolations in the KFD area. As many as 26 isolations from nymph, 49 isola-
tions from adults, and 2 isolations from larvae have been reported during the period
1972. Studies have shown that this species can transmit the KFD virus
from infected to clean animals under the laboratory conditions.
It is one of the common species found on the ground tracks and forest vegetation in
KFD area, next in abundance only to H. spinigera and H. tuturis.
2.7.10 Haemaphysalis hystricis
Supino first described Haemaphysalis hystricis in 1897. He described male and
female without illustrations, collected from Hystrix bengalensis in Burma. The spe-
cies is perhaps named after the host species. This species has long been confused
with bispinosa, papuana nadchatrami, birmaniae, semermis, and several other spe-
cies of Haemaphysalis. Later on in 1965, Hoogstraal et al. cleared the identity of
this species ( Figure 2.82 ).
Figure 2.82 Distribution of
H. hystricis in India. (
of first record.
Map not to scale.