Advances in Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Research Article
Adv. Anim. Vet. Sci. 8(10): 1050-1056
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Mohammad K. Mohammad*, Othman Hamid Abdul Kareem, Rawa Faris Hussein Al-Saeedi

Department of Medical Lab Science, College of Health and Medical Technology, Uruk Private University, Baghdad, Iraq.

Abstract | The domestic goat Capra hircus is considered an important economic animal throughout Iraq. The ixodid ticks are obligate ectoparasites that resulted in serious harm to the animal host. They parasitize the head, the ears, the inside of limbs, and the belly. Examination of 276 domestic goats for ixodid ticks in Baghdad city collected during the period between January to June 2019 showed that infestation prevalence was 24.64% with a significant difference in prevalence between male and female goats according to the statistical analysis. The results revealed the presence of Hyalomma anatolicum, H. turanicum, Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) annulatus, R. sanguineus, and R. turanicus. The tick species R. turanicus was the most frequently recovered off goats (81.64%). The identification characters for each species were provided.

Keywords | Capra hircus, Domestic goat, Ixodid ticks, Hyalomma, Rhipicephalus