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A female of Amblyomma ovale firmly attached to and feeding on a dog.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Subclass: Acari
Superorder: Parasitiformes
Order: Ixodida
Family: Ixodidae
Subfamily: Amblyomminae
Genus: Amblyomma

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Amblyomma marmoreum C. L. Koch drawn by Oudemans

Amblyomma is a genus of hard ticks. Some are disease vectors, for example for Rocky Mountain spotted fever in Brazil or ehrlichiosis in the United States.

This genus is the third largest in the family Ixodidae, with its species primarily occupying the torrid zones of all the continents. The centre of species diversity is on the American continent, where half of all the species occur. On this continent, Amblyomma species reach far beyond the torrid zone, up to the 40th parallel in the Northern Hemisphere, to the 50th parallel in the Southern Hemisphere, and even reaches the alpine zone of the Andes.[1]



  1. ^ [1] Archived 2010-09-22 at the Wayback Machine. G. V. Kolonin, Fauna of Ixodid Ticks of the World (Acari, Ixodidae), Moscow 2009
  2. ^ S. Nava, A. J. Mangold, M. Mastropaolo, J. M. Venzal, E. B. Oscherov, & A. A. Guglielmone. 2009. Amblyomma boeroi n. sp. (Acari: Ixodidae), a parasite of the Chacoan peccary Catagonus wagneri (Rusconi) (Artiodactyla: Tayassuidae) in Argentina. Systematic Parasitology 73(3):161-74.

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