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Species Amblyomma tuberculatum - Gopher Tortoise 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 tuberculatum (Gopher Tortoise Tick)
Range
Alabama, Florida, Georgia
Habitat
Obligate parasite on the gopher tortoise, Gopherus polyphemus, and lives in deep sandy soil within its burrows. Found in the Southern Coastal Plains where the host tortoise occurs.
Print References
Cooney, J. C. and K. L. Hays. 1972. The ticks of Alabama (Ixodidae: Acarina). Auburn University Exp. Stn. Bull. No. 426. 40 pp.

Keirans, J. E. and T. R. Litwak. 1989. Pictorial key to the adults of hard ticks, Family Ixodidae (Ixodida: Ixodoidea), east of the Mississippi River. Journal of Medical Entomology. 26(5): 435-448.