ID#: 11069
This 2008 photograph depicts a dorsal view of a female yellow dog tick, Amblyomma aureolatum, which is a vector of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) in the country of Brazil. Note that the back of this tick is only partially covered by her hard, scutum, or shield, which allows her abdomen to expand to many times the size seen here. Compare this feature with that of the male counterpart in PHIL 11070, and observe how the male's scutum covers his entire dorsal abdomen.
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Content Provider(s): CDC/ Dr. Christopher Paddock
Creation Date: 2008
Photo Credit: James Gathany
CDC Organization
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Copyright Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions.