ID#: 11070
This 2008 photograph depicts a dorsal view of a male 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 completely covered by his hard, scutum, or shield. However, when this feature is compared with that of his female counterpart, in PHIL 11069, you’ll note that the female’s dorsal abdomen is only partially covered, which allows her abdomen to greatly expand when she is ingesting her blood meal.
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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.