Kovalevskiy A.V.1, Oplachko S.S.2, Zubko K.S.2, Luchnikova E.M.2, Efimova A.R.3, Ilyashenko V.B.1, Korshunov A.V., Vdovina E.D.2, Noskov M.A.2, Andreyev B.G.4 2020. Distribution and ecology of Haemaphysalis concinna (Parasitiformes, Ixodidae) in the Kuznetsk-Salair mountain area (Kemerovo region and adjacent regions, Russia) // Invertebrate Zoology. Vol.17. No.2: 133–144 [in English].
1 Biological station “Azhendarovo”, Kemerovo State University, Krasnaya Str. 6, Kemerovo 650000 Russia. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Department of Ecology and Nature Management, Kemerovo State University, Krasnaya Str. 6, Kemerovo 650000 Russia.
3 Center of Hygiene and Epidemiology of Kemerovo Province, Shakhterov Ave. 20, Kemerovo, 650002 Russia.
4 Department of Botany, Tomsk State University, Lenina Str. 36, Tomsk 634050 Russia.
ABSTRACT: In the course of complex ecological and faunistic field studies in the Kemerovo region in 2019, the distribution pattern of Haemaphysalis concinna C.L. Koch, 1844 tick was clarified. Near the Shestakovo Village (55°53' N, 87°57' E), 488 specimens of this species were collected. This is the most northern habitat of this species from reliably known ones, located more than 170 km from the previously known northern boundary of the distribution. Even more northern finds of this species are sporadic and are probably related to the transfer of single specimens by birds. The new habitat discovery required a reassessment of all information regarding distribution and hosts of this species in the Kuznetsk-Salair mountain area. The article describes H. concinna distribution within the region. Since the vast majority of larvae and nymphs near the Shestakovo Village were found on bluethroats Luscinia svecica (Linnaeus, 1758), the possible mechanism of such H. concinna populations formation and the role of birds in tick distribution are considered in the work.
KEY WORDS: ixodid ticks, population, abundance, birds, migration, West Siberia, Altai.