ID#: 8676
This photograph depicts a dorsal view of a female lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum, an ixodid, or hard tick. The obvious white dot, or lone star, identified this as an adult female of the species. The reduced scutal size, enables the abdomen to expand to enormous proportions, when ingesting a blood meal, as seen in PHIL 8677. In the male, the scutum covers almost the entire dorsal abdomen. Also, note the four pairs of jointed legs, placing ticks in the phylum Arthropoda, and the class Arachnida. To view additional images related to this tick species, see PHIL 4407, and 8677 through 8685.
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Content Provider(s): CDC/ Dr. Amanda Loftis, Dr. William Nicholson, Dr. Will Reeves, Dr. Chris Paddock
Creation Date: 2006
Photo Credit: James Gathany
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Copyright Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions.