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  • Hydrachnidiae -- Water Mites, University of Arkansas

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Dermacentor variabilis, female, top
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Dermacentor variabilis, female, top
Ticks are a group in the order Acari. Ticks are found in nearly every country of the world. Roughly half of the ticks found in North America are introduced species. Ticks present a danger to humans in that they are epidermal parasites and carry a plethora of diseases. Most ticks are opportunistic, in that they will feed on any suitable host. Many ticks are found on other mammals such as a dog, deer, or farm animal. The most common diseases carried by ticks are dog heartworm, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Lyme disease.



Taxonomic Category Scientific Name Common Name
Phylum Arthropoda Arthropods
Class Arachnida Arachnids
Order Ixodida Mites and Ticks

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