Ixodes hexagonus

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Ixodes hexagonus
Ixodes hexagonus (aka).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Ixodida
Family: Ixodidae
Genus: Ixodes
Species: I. hexagonus
Binomial name
Ixodes hexagonus
Leach 1815

Ixodes hexagonus is a tick species in the genus Ixodes. It is a parasite of the European hedgehog.

It occurs throughout the United Kingdom, sparsely in the North West, increasing in density to the South East.[1] Although it does not usually occur on rodents or birds, and is "described as a nest-dwelling hedgehog specialist. It is also found on foxes, mustelids (including badgers), dogs and cats."[2]

Distribution[edit]

North West Africa, and Europe, with studies showing it may be more common in urban centers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tick distribution map: Ixodes hexagonus". http://www.hpa.org.uk. Health Protection Agency. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ixodid Ticks: Family Ixodidae". http://influentialpoints.com. Retrieved 29 August 2014.