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Abstract A selection of the 10% lightest and 10% heaviest males and females of a population of individually weighed Rhipicephalus appendiculatus Neumann adults was made in two experiments. The offspring of homologous pairs were followed until the next adult stage (light x light, control x control and heavy x heavy). The engorged nymphal weights, unfed adult weights, engorged female weights of the parents, egg mass weights, egg weights, larval scutal lengths, engorged larval weights, unfed nymphal weights, engorged nymphal weights and adult weights of the progeny were determined. No significant differences could be demonstrated between the two lines for egg weight, larval scutal length, engorged larval weight and unfed nymphal weight. Significant differences were found between the egg masses, engorged nymphal weights and adult weights of the two lines. The heritability coefficients of body weight determined from adult to adult were 0.14 and 0.10, respectively, during the first and second experiments. Considering females and males separately, the coefficients were 0.10 and 0.18 during the frist experiment and 0.12 and 0.09 during the repeat experiment respectively.
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