Description of a new species of Dermacentor Koch, 1844 (Acari: Ixodidae) from Laos and Thailand
Dermacentor laothaiensis n. sp. (Acari: Ixodidae) is described based on adults ex wild boar and vegetation from Laos and Thailand. Adults of D. laothaiensis n. sp. are similar to those of D. bellulus (Schulze, 1935) and D. steini (Schulze, 1933) but can be distinguished by the conscutum shape, colour pattern of the conscutum and scutum, the density of punctations on the pseudoscutum and scutum and the shape of female genital structures.
We thank the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation of Thailand (Taksin Maharat National Park, Khao Yai National Park and Kaeng Krachan National Park) for field work cooperation. We thank the staff of the IP-Laos, Vientiane, for assisting in field tick collection and all WMPA staff and all villagers, Laos, who authorized or facilitated our research in field collection. Thanks also to the staff at the Nakai and Vang Vieng District health offices who supported and assisted our field work in Laos.
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This project was partially supported by Mahidol University and BDC PERDO (BDC-PG3-161006), Thailand. This study in Laos was funded by the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit Two, work unit number D1425, in support of the Department of Defense Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System (DoD-GEIS) and Institut Pasteur du Laos.
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