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Effects of temperature and relative humidity on the egg laying pattern of Rhipicephalus sanguineus (Koch, 1844) infesting sheep in semi arid region of Nigeria

Abdullahi Abubakar Biu,MA Abdulkadir,SH Isadu.

Abstract
The ovipositional pattern of fully engorged adult female Rhipicephalus sanguineus infesting sheep was studied under belljar conditions of mean SD (range) temperature of 25.42.16 (23-29oC) and relative humidity 90% and ambient conditions of 26.42.4 (23.6-31.6oC) and relative humidity 63.03.93 (51.3-72%). The pre-oviposition days under belljar conditions (11.19.15) was significantly shorter (p0.05) under belljar (22.39.69) than ambient (23.710.7) conditions with the total mean SD number of eggs laid under each condition as 1021.91082.4 and 1096.91173.0 respectively (p

Key words: egg-laying pattern, humidity, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, semi-arid, Nigeria, temperature


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