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Life stage:
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Genera
Amblyomma
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Boophilus
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Dermacentor
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Haemaphysalis
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Hyalomma
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Ixodes
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Rhipicephalus
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TICK IDENTIFICATION KEY

Identification of Family


There are three tick families worldwide, namely: Argasidae, Ixodidae and Nutalliellidae. The latter is relatively rare (1 known species in Africa) and will not be mentioned further in this key.
Follow the questions below to identify which family your tick belongs to.


Which of the pictures corresponds most to your tick?

Ornithodorus moubata
Ornithodorus moubata-soft tick

dorsal view
   
The back is wrinkled Your tick is a
and soft soft tick
The capitulum is visible  
ventrally  
   
Or
female Amblyomma hebraeum
Amblyomma hebraeum-hard tick
dorsal view

 

   
Your tick has a scutum in Your tick is a
other words a hard shield hard tick.
on it's back  
The capitulum is visible  
dorsally  
 
   

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Frank L. Ruedisueli& Brigitte Manship

University of Lincoln

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