Physiology of Ticks

Physiology of Ticks

Current Themes in Tropical Science

1st Edition - January 1, 1982

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  • Editors: Frederick D. Obenchain, Rachel Galun
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483162348

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Physiology of Ticks focuses on the unique (and probably the most vulnerable) features of tick physiology and the physiological aspects of tick interactions with their hosts. The mechanisms used by non-feeding ticks to maintain their water balance are examined, along with the salivary mechanisms used by feeding ixodid ticks for excreting the enormous excess volumes of water and salts taken in during blood sucking. This book is comprised of 13 chapters and begins with a description of the morphology, deposition, and components of the tick cuticle. The discussion then turns to humidity relationships and water balance of ticks, as well as the sensory basis of tick feeding behavior and the immunological basis of host resistance to ticks. Subsequent chapters explore blood digestion in ticks; tick reproduction, with emphasis on sperm development, cytogenetics, oogenesis, and oviposition; effects of insect hormones and their mimics on tick development and reproduction; and the mechanisms of tick pheromones. The final chapter deals with diapause and biological rhythms in ticks. This monograph will be of value to entomologists, physiologists, biologists, and practitioners of tropical science.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 The Tick Cuticle

    Chapter 2 Humidity Relationships and Water Balance of Ticks

    Chapter 3 The Sensory Basis of Tick Feeding Behavior

    Chapter 4 Tick Attachment and Feeding: Role of the Mouthparts, Feeding Apparatus, Salivary Gland Secretions, and the Host Response

    Chapter 5 Immunological Basis of Host Resistance to Ticks

    Chapter 6 Blood Digestion in Ticks

    Chapter 7 Ion and Water Balance in Feeding Ticks: Mechanisms of Tick Excretion

    Chapter 8 Tick Reproduction: Sperm Development and Cytogenetics

    Chapter 9 Tick Reproduction: Oogenesis and Oviposition

    Chapter 10 Structure and Function of the Circulatory, Nervous, and Neuroendocrine Systems of Ticks

    Chapter 11 Endocrine Mechanisms in Ticks: Effects of Insect Hormones and their Mimics on Development and Reproduction

    Chapter 12 Tick Pheromone Mechanisms

    Chapter 13 Diapause and Biological Rhythms in Ticks


Product details

  • No. of pages: 522
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1982
  • Published: January 1, 1982
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483162348

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Frederick D. Obenchain

Rachel Galun

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