The taxonomic status of Rhipicephalus sanguineus (Latreille, 1806)

Authors
Nava, Santiago; Estrada-Peña, Agustín; Petney, Trevor; Beati, Lorenza; Labruna, Marcelo B.; Szabó, Matías P.J.; Venzal, José Manuel; Mastropaolo, Mariano; Mangold, Atilio Jose; Guglielmone, Alberto
Publication Year
2015
Language
English
Format
article
Status
Published version
Description
The brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu stricto, is a species with considerable public health and economic importance. However, the taxonomic status of this species is far from resolved. After more than 110 years of scientific work on R. sanguineus s.s., the situation is that there is no type, no solid description, nor is there a consensus about the range of morphological variability within the species. Recent findings based on laboratory crosses and molecular genetics strongly suggest that there are several entities grouped under the same name. Here we review the history of the taxon, and we point out the caveats behind any further work on this tick. The current taxonomic status of R. sanguineus s.s. thus lacks an informative original description, and is based on the existence of several morphological descriptions based on ticks originating from different populations, which show, in some cases, biological incompatibility and significant genetic divergence. We suggests that as a result it is not possible to assign the specific name R. sanguineus s.s. to any population. Further work is required based on the rules issued by the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature to clearly define the morphological range of the different populations.
EEA Rafaela
Fil: Nava, Santiago. INTA. Estación Experimental Agropecuaria Rafaela; Argentina. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Argentina
Fil: Estrada-Peña, Agustin. Universidad de Zaragoza. Facultad de Veterinaria. Departamento de Patología Animal; España
Fil: Petney, Trevor. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Department of Ecology and Parasitology; Alemania
Fil: Beati, Lorenza. Georgia Southern University. Institute for Coastal Plain Science. United States National Tick Collection; Estados Unidos
Fil: Labruna, Marcelo B. Universidade de São Paulo. Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia. Departamento de Medicina Veterinária Preventiva e Saúde Animal; Brasil
Fil: Szabó, Matías P.J. Universidade Federal de Uberlandia. Faculdade de Medicina Veterinaria; Brasil
Fil: Venzal, José Manuel. Universidad de la República. CENUR Litoral Norte-Salto. Facultad de Veterinaria. Departamento de Parasitología Veterinaria; Uruguay
Fil: Mastropaolo, Mariano. Universidad Nacional del Litoral. Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias; Argentina
Fil: Mangold, Atilio Jose. INTA. Estación Experimental Agropecuaria Rafaela; Argentina. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Argentina
Fil: Guglielmone, Alberto. INTA. Estación Experimental Regional Agropecuaria Rafaela; Argentina. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Argentina
Source
Veterinary parasitology 208 (1–2) : 2-8. (February 2015)
Subject
Rhipicephalus Sanguineus
Metastigmata
Taxonomía
Plagas de Animales
Taxonomy
Pests of Animals
Garrapatas
Access level
Restricted access
License
Repository
INTA Digital (INTA)
Institution
Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria
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