Rhipicephalus

Species of Rhipicephalus are relatively average in size when compared to the other genera; ranging from 3-5mm in length when unfed.  Their gnathosoma is distinct with the lateral margins of the basis capituli forming angular protrusions; causing a hexagonal shape of the basis.

 

Other features seen in Rhipicephalus  includes:

  • No ornamentation
  • Eyes present
  • Pale rings present on the legs
  • Festoons present
  • Ventral plates present
  • Coxae I has large, equal, paired internal and external spurs

 

Key

1a.)  Scutum/conscutum normally pale; interstitial punctations are small-medium and sparse

Rhipicephalus sanguineus

1b.)  Scutum/conscutum normally dark in colour; interstitial punctations are medium-large and dense

Rhipicephalus bursa

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