ID#: 10879
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Using a pin as a reference tool, this photograph depicts a dorsal view of four Amblyomma maculatum ticks. From left to right, this group of four, included a larval tick, a nymph, an adult male, and an adult female. Note, the head of the pin measures just under 2mm in diameter, while its full length measures 22mm. You are also able to see how the considerably larger scutum, or shield, covers this male’s entire dorsal abdomen, unlike its female counterpart. The smaller scutum in the female, enables its abdomen to expand considerably, leading to an engorged appearance after ingesting its host blood meal.
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Content Providers(s): CDC/ Dr. Christopher Paddock
Creation Date: 2008
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Copyright Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions.