*Department of Zoology, The University, Woodland Road, Bristol.
Populations of the ticks Ixodes (Pholeoixodes) hexagonus and Ixodes (Pholeoixodes) canisuga infesting suburban foxes, Vulpes vulpes
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
Journal of Zoology
Volume 186, Issue 1, pages 83–93, September 1978
How to Cite
Harris, S. and Thompson2, G. B. (1978), Populations of the ticks Ixodes (Pholeoixodes) hexagonus and Ixodes (Pholeoixodes) canisuga infesting suburban foxes, Vulpes vulpes. Journal of Zoology, 186: 83–93. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1978.tb03358.x
- Issue published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Accepted 17 January 1978
Only two species of tick (Ixodes hexagonus and Ixodes canisuga) were found to infest suburban foxes. The populations of these two ticks were examined, their distributions within the host population described, and infestation levels of I hexagonus discussed in relation to the sex, age and behaviour of the host. The most important factor regulating the level of tick infestation is probably the degree of den usage by the host. The tick infestations were found to have minimal effect on the host, and even an abnormally high level of infestation found on one fox was not considered to be lethal.