ID#: 8681
This photograph depicts an anterior, or head-on view of an engorged female lone star ixodid, or hard tick, Amblyomma americanum. Note a number of round, amber-colored eggs that after just having been laid, became attached to the anterior abdomen adjacent to the female’s scutum. To view additional images related to this tick species, see PHIL 4407, 8676 through 8680, and 8682 through 8685. Note the tick’s four pairs of jointed legs, placing it, and all ticks, in the phylum, Arthropoda, and the class, Arachnida. You are also able to see the tick’s capitulum, or mouthparts, projecting from the anterior end of the tick’s body.
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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
CDC Organization
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Copyright Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions.