gopher tortoise tick, Amblyomma tuberculatum - Amblyomma tuberculatum
Black Creek Ravines Conservation Area, Clay County, Florida, USA
May 5, 2012
Ixodid tick recovered from burrow of the gopher tortoise, Gopherus polyphemus. It keys to A. tuberculatum in Keiran et Litwak (1989):
-anal groove not extending anteriorly around anus
-palpomere II not extending laterally
-basis capituli rectangular
-palpi longer than b.c.; palpomere II longer than broad
-hypostomal dentition 4/4
I am leaving here until it can be confirmed by another tick specialist.
Good job to BugGuide contributors Kyle Schnepp and Jamie Garrison for collecting them!
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