Ixodes cornuatus

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Ixodes cornuatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Acari
Family: Ixodidae
Genus: Ixodes
Species: I. cornuatus
Binomial name
Ixodes cornuatus
Roberts, 1960

Ixodes cornuatus, commonly known as the Tasmanian paralysis tick, is one of about 75 species of Australian tick fauna. It is found across Tasmania and Victoria. It has been responsible for several cases of evenomation in humans and the death of one cat.[1]

Ixodes cornuatus has been implicated in the envenomation of cats.[2]

Ixodes cornuatus is difficult to distinguish from I. holocyclus. The ranges of the two species overlap in Eastern Victoria.[3]


  1. ^ Sutherland, Struan K.; Tibballs, James (2001) [1983]. Australian Animal Toxins (2nd ed.). South Melbourne, Victoria: Oxford University Press. pp. 487–88. ISBN 0-19-550643-X. 
  2. ^ Schull DN, Litster AL, Atwell AB (2007). "Tick toxicity in cats caused by Ixodes species in Australia: a review of published literature". Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. 9 (6): 487–93. doi:10.1016/j.jfms.2007.06.006. 
  3. ^ Jackson J, Beveridge I, Chilton NB, Andrews RH (2007). "Distributions of the paralysis ticks Ixodes cornuatus and Ixodes holocyclus in south-eastern Australia". Australian Veterinary Journal. 85 (10): 420–24. doi:10.1111/j.1751-0813.2007.00183.x.