The development and mortality of the eggs of Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus in distilled water were monitored over a range of temperatures between 15 and 35°C. Egg demography was examined within the context of a fourparameter mathematical model of development and mortality. Over the range of temperatures studied, egg mortality (μ) was an increasing exponential function of temperature (T) measured in degrees Celsius. A single model adequately described the mortality of both species (ln [μ] = 0·041*T − 6·87). The minimum time (τ) to hatching was consistently less for A. duodenale (ln [1/T] = −(0·79+53·05*[l/T]) than N. americanus (ln [1/T] = −(0·99 + 53·05*[l/T])). The hatching rate [σ when t > τ) was an increasing function of time and temperature in both cases, but the precise functional relationship was species specific.
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