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Identifying the tick Amblyomma javanense (Acari: Ixodidae) from Chinese pangolin: generating species barcode, phylogenetic status and its implication in wildlife forensics.

Authors
  • Jabin, Gul1
  • Dewan, Yashwini2
  • Khatri, Hiren1
  • Singh, Sujeet K1
  • Chandra, Kailash1
  • Thakur, Mukesh3, 4
  • 1 Zoological Survey of India, New Alipore, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700053, India. , (India)
  • 2 S.N. Pradhan Centre for Neurosciences, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700019, India. , (India)
  • 3 Zoological Survey of India, New Alipore, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700053, India. [email protected] , (India)
  • 4 Centre for DNA Taxonomy, Zoological Survey of India, New Alipore, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700053, India. [email protected] , (India)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Experimental and Applied Acarology
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2019
Volume
78
Issue
3
Pages
461–467
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10493-019-00393-1
PMID: 31168752
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Zoonotic diseases transmitted through ticks and other ectoparasites often travel across the globe with illegally traded wildlife parts and products. In this study, we analyzed a confiscated case of pangolin scales and observed a few dead ticks attached. On genetic analysis, the pangolin scales were identified to be originated from Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla), an IUCN listed Critically Endangered species, and ticks were identified as Amblyomma javanense. Here, we provide the first authentic physical record of A. javanense from India as a parasite of Chinese pangolin and also generated its species DNA barcode that may be useful for biologists working on ticks in species validation and constructing phylogenies across the globe.

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