Amblyomma maculatum

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Amblyomma maculatum (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Christopher Paddock/ James Gathany CDC
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Amblyomma maculatum Koch 1944 - (Gulf Coast tick)

The tick is found in North- and South America mainly on various small wild and domestic mammals. It may also bite humans and is a vector Rickettsia parkeri causing eschar-associated spotted fever group rickettsiosis in humans. It can also transmit Hepatozoon americanum, the agent responsible for American canine hepatozoonosis.