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Brown Dog Tick? - Rhipicephalus sanguineus - male - female

Brown Dog Tick? - Rhipicephalus sanguineus - Male Female
Green Valley, Pima County, Arizona, USA
February 14, 2017
Mating? Male and female were given to me firmly attached to a dry piece of dog skin.
A loving couple on Valentine's Day.
I also sent a photo of the male tick to "TickEncounter.org" and they confirmed my ID by replying: "We're impressed with your tick ID skill, but uh oh! Those triangular mouthparts are the give-away - it indeed appears that you've encountered an adult male brown dog tick. This male looks like it was only attached for less than a day." I will move these images based on their confirmation, but it should be considered tentative until a BG Editor confirms it.

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The ID is correct...
The shape of the basis capituli and the presence of eyes combined nails it.
When I worked for the AZ Department of Health nearly every tick sent to us collected from a human was this species :-). Still, they dont have a strong predilection for people; households with infested dogs will often not have human cases.

 
Wonderful!
Thank you for your confirmation and comments. Much appreciated!

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