Ixodes vespertilionis

Also known as the Long-legged bat tick

Hosts

Bats

Distribution

Wales

South West England

Ireland

France

Belgium

Germany

Poland

Switzerland

Spain

Italy

Ixodes vespertilionis is generally found in caves- close to roots of bats, females can often be found on host but males are found on the walls of the caves

Pathogenesis

Bats: Tick-borne encephalitis virus, Kul virus

 

Description

Adult female dorsal features

  • Long slender legs
  • Palps long and narrow
  • Porose areas large and close together
  • Cornua absent
  • Tarsus I elongated
  • Unfed females can measure between 4.4mm-4.8mm in length
  • Engorged females can measure up to 10mm in length

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

Adult female ventral features

  • Auriculae absent
  • Coxae I: lacks spurs
  • Coxae II-IV: lack spurs
  • Genital aperture between coxae III

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

Adult male dorsal features

  • Long slender legs
  • Palps club-like; hypostome reduced
  • Cornua absent
  • Tarsus I elongated
  • Males can measure between 4.0mm-4.4mm in length

(Photograph copyright Natural History Museum, London)

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

Adult male ventral features

  • Auriculae absent
  • Coxae I: lacks spurs
  • Coxae II-IV: lack spurs
  • Pregenital plate small
  • Adanal plates similar length as median plate

(Photograph copyright Natural History Museum, London)

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

 

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