Ixodes acuminatus

Also known as the Southern rodent tick

Hosts

Small rodents, mustelids, fox, badger, human (rarely)

Distribution

South West England

Scilly/ Channel Islands

Belgium

France

Spain

Italy

Mediterranean region

Ixodes acuminatus is found in lowland coastal areas mainly in burrows and nests of its host.

Pathogenesis

Borrelia burgdoferi

Francisella tularensis

Coxiella burneti

 

Note: Not much is known about the male

Description

Adult female dorsal features

  • Palps long and narrow
  • Cornua prominent
  • Tarsus I tapered
  • Length of unfed female can range between 2.2mm-2.5mm
  • Engorged females can measure up to 6.0mm

 

(Photograph copyright Natural History Museum, London)

Adult female dorsal view (click on pictures for a close up)

Adult female ventral features

  • Auriculae prominent
  • Coxae I: distinct internal and external spurs
  • Coxae II-IV: short internal and external spurs
  • Genital opening between coxae IV

 

(Photograph copyright Natural History Museum, London)

Adult female ventral view (click on pictures for a close up)

 

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