Amblyomma cajennense

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Amblyomma cajennense
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Ixodida
Family: Ixodidae
Genus: Amblyomma
Species: A. cajennense
Binomial name
Amblyomma cajennense
(Fabricius, 1787)
Amblyomma cajennense range map.svg

Amblyomma cajennense or Cayenne tick is species of tick found in a range from the southern part of the United States to northern Argentina, through Central America and some of the Caribbean.

Clinical significance[edit]

It can transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever.[1]

In August 2009, Brazilian researchers announced that a protein called Factor X active found in the saliva of the tick proved effective in stopping the growth of certain cancer cells in laboratory mice.[2]