Ixodiphagus hookeri

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Ixodiphagus hookeri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Suborder: Apocrita
Family: Encyrtidae
Genus: Ixodiphagus
Species: I. hookeri
Binomial name
Ixodiphagus hookeri
Howard, 1907

The chalcid wasp Ixodiphagus hookeri lays its eggs into ticks. It seems to use a symbiotic virus to weaken the tick's immune system.

Ticks from these genera are infected:


Because of the importance of I. hookeri as a natural enemy of ticks, it has been extensively researched.

Distribution[edit]

I. hookeri occurs worldwide (except Antarctica).

Synonyms[edit]

I. hookeri is also known under these synonyms:

  • I. caucurtei Buysson 1912
  • Hunterellus hookeri Howard, 1908
  • Habrolepis caniphila Risbec, 1951

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