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Artificial feeding of Amblyomma cajennense (Acari: Ixodidae) fasting females through capillary tube technique

Alimentação artificial de fêmeas de Amblyomma cajennense (Acari: Ixodidae) em jejum por meio da técnica de tubos capilares

Isis Abel Fabíola N. Corrêa Abisair A. Castro Nathalie C. Cunha Renata C. Madureira Adivaldo H. Fonseca About the authors

The present study aimed to adjust the artificial feeding technique through capillaries and to verify its influence over the biology of Amblyomma cajennense females. Five groups of 20 female ticks were formed. Females were starved for 45 days and then fed with citrated bovine blood using capillary tubes in different periods of time. Females were divided in five experimental groups with 20 individuals each and fed as follows: groups uninterruptedly fed for 12, 24, and 48 hours and groups fed 2 and 6 h a day, for a period of 8 days. Subsequently, ticks were exposed to rabbits for complementary feeding and their biological parameters were analyzed. TIcks were capable of feeding, showing rounded idiosoma, visible even to naked eyes, following the feeding period. The groups fed for 24 hours, 2 hours/day for eight consecutive days or 6h/day for eight consecutive days presented greater weight gain, without statistically significant differences. These results suggested that 24 hours of artificial feeding were enough for fasting females to increase weight by 2.43 mg. Artificial feeding through capillaries did not interfere with parasitic and non-parasitic phases of A. cajennense females.

Ticks; in vitro feeding; micropipettes

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