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Copulation of Hyalomma excavatum and Rhipicephalus sanguineus belonging to the Metastriata group of the Ixodidae has been studied. Methods of observation and inducing copulation off the host are described. Similarities and differences in male behavior of the Ixodidae have been compared with Argasidae. It has been found that the pattern of copulation in Metastriata differs not only from that of the Argasidae, but also from the Prostriata which belong to the same family (i.e., the Ixodidae). Furthermore, it has been observed that the fourth article of the male palp is essential for copulation, since males without it do not copulate.
The Journal of Parasitology © 1971 The American Society of Parasitologists