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Species Amblyomma dissimile - Iguana Tick

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Subclass Acari (Mites and Ticks)
Superorder Parasitiformes
Order Ixodida (Ticks)
Family Ixodidae (Hard Ticks)
Genus Amblyomma
Species dissimile (Iguana Tick)
Explanation of Names
Amblyomma dissimile Koch, 1844
Range
s. FL, s. TX to S. Amer. - Map (Voltzit 2007)(1)
Food
feeds preferentially on reptiles (Squamata), although amphibians (Anura) also seem to be important hosts. (Scofield et al. 2011)
Life Cycle
a common ectoparasite of cold blooded animals and is an accidental ectoparasite of some wild mammals. (Schumaker and Barros 1994)
Print References
Bequaert, J.C. 1932. On the ornate nymphs of the genus Amblyomma. Zeitschrift fur Parasitenkunde, 4: 776-783.
Bodkin, G.E. 1918. The biology of Amblyomma dissimile Koch, with an account of its power to reproducing parthenogenetically. Parasitology, 1: 10–17.
Dunn, L.D. 1918. Studies on the Iguana Tick, Amblyomma dissimile, in Panama. The Journal of Parasitology 5(1): 1-10.
Schumaker TT, Barros DM. 1994. Notes on the biology of Amblyomma dissimile Koch, 1844 (Acari:Ixodida) on Bufo marinus (Linnaeus, 1758) from Brazil. The Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz 89(1): 29-31.
Scofield et al. 2011. Amblyomma dissimile Koch (Acari: Ixodidae) attacking Primolius maracana Vieillot (Psittaciformes: Psittacidae) in the Amazon Region, State of Pará, Brazil. Neotropical Entomolology 40: 509–511.
Voltzit, O.V. 2007. A review of Neotropical Amblyomma species (Acari: Ixodidae). Acarina, 15: 3–134.