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Dermacentor occidentalis Marx, 1892 - (Pacific Coast tick)
This tick is common in the south-western U.S., with only Ixodes pacificus being more common in California. It often carries human pathogens, like Rickettsia species, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Borrelia burgdorferi and Ehrlichia chafeensis. Among the Rickettsia species, infections by Rickettsia rhipicephali (Paddock et al., 2018) and Rickettsia philipii (Bouquet et al., 2017) are common.