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The Mitochondrial Genomes of Nuttalliella namaqua (Ixodoidea: Nuttalliellidae) and Argas africolumbae (Ixodoidae: Argasidae): Estimation of Divergence Dates for the Major Tick Lineages and Reconstruction of Ancestral Blood-Feeding Characters

  • Ben J. Mans mail,

    mansb@arc.agric.za

    Affiliations: Parasites, Vectors and Vector-borne Diseases, Agricultural Research Council-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute, Onderstepoort, South Africa, The Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

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  • Daniel de Klerk,

    Affiliation: Parasites, Vectors and Vector-borne Diseases, Agricultural Research Council-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute, Onderstepoort, South Africa

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  • Ronel Pienaar,

    Affiliation: Parasites, Vectors and Vector-borne Diseases, Agricultural Research Council-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute, Onderstepoort, South Africa

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  • Minique H. de Castro,

    Affiliation: The Biotechnology Platform, Agricultural Research Council-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute, Onderstepoort, South Africa

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  • Abdalla A. Latif

    Affiliations: Parasites, Vectors and Vector-borne Diseases, Agricultural Research Council-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute, Onderstepoort, South Africa, The Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

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  • Published: November 08, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0049461

About the Authors

Ben J. Mans, Daniel de Klerk, Ronel Pienaar, Abdalla A. Latif
Parasites, Vectors and Vector-borne Diseases, Agricultural Research Council-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute, Onderstepoort, South Africa
Ben J. Mans, Abdalla A. Latif
The Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Minique H. de Castro
The Biotechnology Platform, Agricultural Research Council-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute, Onderstepoort, South Africa

Corresponding Author

Email: mansb@arc.agric.za

Competing Interests

B.J. Mans is currently serving on the Editorial Board of PLOS ONE. This does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: BJM DDK RP MDC AAL. Performed the experiments: BJM DDK RP MDC AAL. Analyzed the data: BJM DDK RP MDC AAL. Wrote the paper: BJM DDK RP MDC AAL.