This photograph depicts a dorsal view of a female lone star ixodid, or hard tick, Amblyomma americanum. Note the characteristic lone star marking located centrally on its dorsal surface, at the distal tip of its scutum. To view additional images related to this tick species, see PHIL 4407, 8676 through 8682, and 8684 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.