Hyalomma asiaticum

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Author(s): Zhi-Qiang Liu et al.
Source: PLoS ONE (2018) 13(5): e0197524

Hyalomma asiaticum Schulze and Schlottke, 1929

This tick is widely distributed in Asia from Syria in the West to eastern China in the East. Larvae and nymphs infest small mammals like rodent while adult ticks parasitise larger mammals like sheep, cattle and camels. Humans may be also attacked. It is further known to transmit several diseases like Theileria and Babesia species, including bovine theileriosis caused by Theileria annulata.

The morphology is variable and similar to that of Hyalomma dromedarii. Different subspecies have been described for H. asiaticum, but this could not be supported with DNA analyses (Liu et al., 2018).