Ornithodoros (Alectorobius) lahorensis Neumann, 1908 (Figs. 19 and 20)

  • G. Kleinerman
  • G. BanethEmail author


The two-host life cycle of O. lahorensis is unique among the Argasidae. The larvae hatch after an incubation period of 2–6 weeks, then attach to the host for 3–6 weeks and detach as third stage nymphs which moult to adults in the environment. Adults attach to a new host and feed for 1–2 h. Nevertheless, if no host is available for the adult, the species becomes a one-host tick. Ornithodoros lahorensis is facultatively autogenous, it does not require a blood meal to oviposit and can undergo two gonotrophic cycles without taking a blood meal. Fertilized fed or unfed females deposit batches of 300–500 eggs. However, unfed females need additional blood meals to continue producing egg batches.


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  1. 1.Koret School of Veterinary MedicineHebrew UniversityRehovotIsrael

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