Ixodes pacificus

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Ixodes pacificus
Ixodes pacificus.tif
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Acari
Family: Ixodidae
Genus: Ixodes
Species: I. pacificus
Binomial name
I. pacificus
Cooley & Kohls, 1943
Ixodes pacificus range map.svg

Ixodes pacificus, the Western black-legged tick, is a species of Ixodes, a parasitic tick found on the western coast of North America. It is the principal vector of Lyme Disease in that region.[1][2]


  1. ^ Chang CC, Chomel BB, Kasten RW, Romano V, Tietze N (April 2001). "Molecular evidence of Bartonella spp. in questing adult Ixodes pacificus ticks in California". J. Clin. Microbiol. 39 (4): 1221–6. doi:10.1128/JCM.39.4.1221-1226.2001. PMC 87914Freely accessible. PMID 11283031. 
  2. ^ Killilea ME, Swei A, Lane RS, Briggs CJ, Ostfeld RS (June 2008). "Spatial dynamics of lyme disease: a review". EcoHealth. 5 (2): 167–95. doi:10.1007/s10393-008-0171-3. PMID 18787920. 

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