Ixodid ticks were collected at monthly intervals for 20 consecutive months from 25 goats of the local breed selected at random from a flock grazing permanently around a village in northern Greece. Three species of ixodid ticks were recovered, Ixodes gibbosus, Rhipicephalus bursa and Dermacentor marginatus. I gibbosus was the most abundant and prevalent species. It was found on the animals from October to April, and its activity increased with lower mean temperatures and higher relative humidities. R bursa was present from May to August, and its activity increased with higher mean temperatures and lower relative humidities. D marginatus was present in very small numbers from January to March, with no significant correlation with climatic factors.
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