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Association of environmental traits with the geographic ranges of ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) of medical and veterinary importance in the western Palearctic; a digital data set

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dc.contributor.author Estrada-Peña, A.
dc.contributor.author Farkas, R.
dc.contributor.author Jaenson, T. G.
dc.contributor.author Koenen, F.
dc.contributor.author Madder, M.
dc.contributor.author Pascucci, I.
dc.contributor.author Salman, M.
dc.contributor.author Tarrés-Call, J.
dc.contributor.author Jongejan, F.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-23T11:45:24Z
dc.date.available 2013-04-23T11:45:24Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.issn 0168-8162
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10493-012-9600-7
dc.identifier.other ITG-B5A
dc.identifier.other DBM
dc.identifier.other U-VEPID
dc.identifier.other JIF
dc.identifier.other DOI
dc.identifier.other Abstract
dc.identifier.other UPD55
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10390/7414
dc.description.abstract We compiled information on the distribution of ticks in the western Palearctic (11 degrees W, 45 degrees E; 29 degrees N, 71 degrees N), published during 1970-2010. The literature search was filtered by the tick's species name and an unambiguous reference to the point of capture. Records from some curated collections were included. We focused on tick species of importance to human and animal health, in particular: Ixodes ricinus, Dermacentor marginatus, D. reticulatus, Haemaphysalis punctata, H. sulcata, Hyalomma marginatum, Hy. lusitanicum, Rhipicephalus annulatus, R. bursa, and the R. sanguineus group. A few records of other species (I. canisuga, I. hexagonus, Hy. impeltatum, Hy. anatolicum, Hy. excavatum, Hy. scupense) were also included. A total of 10,280 records was included in the data set. Almost 42 % of published references are not adequately referenced (and not included in the data set), host is reported for only 61 % of records and a reference to time of collection is missed for 84 % of published records. Ixodes ricinus accounted for 44.3 % of total records, with H. marginatum and D. marginatus accounting for 7.1 and 8.1 % of records, respectively. The lack of homogeneity of the references and potential pitfalls in the compilation were addressed to create a digital data set of the records of the ticks. We attached to every record a coherent set of quantitative descriptors for the site of reporting, namely gridded interpolated monthly climate and remotely sensed data on vegetation (NDVI). We also attached categorical descriptors of the habitat: a standard classification of land biomes and an ad hoc classification of the target territory from remotely sensed temperature and NDVI data. A descriptive analysis of the data revealed that a principal components reduction of the environmental (temperature and NDVI) variables described the distribution of the species in the target territory. However, categorical descriptors of the habitat were less effective. We stressed the importance of building reliable collections of ticks with specific references as to collection point, host and date of capture. The data set is freely downloadable. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Entomology en
dc.subject Ticks en
dc.subject Acari en
dc.subject Ixodidae en
dc.subject Distribution en
dc.subject Geographical aspects en
dc.subject Associations en
dc.subject Environmental factors en
dc.subject Data analysis en
dc.subject Data collection en
dc.subject Habitat en
dc.subject Specimen collection en
dc.subject Review of the literature en
dc.subject Europe en
dc.subject Asia, East en
dc.subject Asia, West en
dc.subject Africa, North en
dc.title Association of environmental traits with the geographic ranges of ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) of medical and veterinary importance in the western Palearctic; a digital data set en
dc.type Article en
dc.citation.issue 3 en
dc.citation.jtitle Experimental and Applied Acarology en
dc.citation.volume 59 en
dc.citation.pages 351-366 en
dc.identifier.pmid http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22843316
dc.citation.jabbreviation Exp Appl Acarol en


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