A case of massive infestation of a male green lizard Lacerta viridis/bilineata by castor bean tick Ixodes ricinus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Authors

  • Veronica Gomes CIBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Universidade do Porto, Campus Agrário de Vairão, PT-4485-661 Vairão
  • Anamarija Žagar Cátedra “Rui Nabeiro”– Biodiversidade, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos (CIBIO) – Universidade de Évora, PT-7004-516 Évora
  • Miguel A. Carretero CIBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Universidade do Porto, Campus Agrário de Vairão, PT-4485-661 Vairão

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14720/ns.15.2.57-61

Keywords:

Lacerta viridis/bilineata, Ixodes ricinus, tick, host, Slovenia

Abstract

Infestation by ticks affects several vertebrate groups, including reptiles. Castor bean tick Ixodes ricinus is the most widespread tick species. Here we report an impressive tick infestation of a male green lizard Lacerta viridis/bilineata found in 2012 in the vicinity of Bilpa cave in the Kolpa valley, Slovenia. Lizards as tick hosts can play an important role in the life cycle of I. ricinus and may also be potential vectors of Lyme disease.

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30.12.2013

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Gomes, V., Žagar, A., & A. Carretero, M. (2013). A case of massive infestation of a male green lizard Lacerta viridis/bilineata by castor bean tick Ixodes ricinus (Linnaeus, 1758). Natura Sloveniae, 15(2), 57-61. https://doi.org/10.14720/ns.15.2.57-61

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