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Ixodes scapularis (Black legged tick; Northern deer tick)

Synonyms: Ixodes dammini; Ixodes fuscous; Ixodes fuscus; Ixodes ozarkus; Ixodes reduvius; Ixodes ricinus scapularis; Ixodes ricinus var. scapularis
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Wikipedia Abstract

Ixodes scapularis is commonly known as the deer tick or blacklegged tick (although some people reserve the latter term for Ixodes pacificus, which is found on the West Coast of the USA), and in some parts of the USA as the bear tick. It is a hard-bodied tick (family Ixodidae) of the eastern and northern Midwestern United States. It is a vector for several diseases of animals, including humans (Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, Powassan virus disease, etc.) and is known as the deer tick owing to its habit of parasitizing the white-tailed deer. It is also known to parasitize mice, lizards, migratory birds, etc. especially while the tick is in the larval or nymphal stage.
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Parasite of 
Axis axis (chital)[1]
Canis latrans (Coyote)[1]
Canis lupus rufus (Red Wolf)[2]
Dama dama (fallow deer)[1]
Lynx rufus (Bobcat)[1]
Mephitis mephitis (Striped Skunk)[1]
Odocoileus virginianus (white-tailed deer)[1]
Procyon lotor (Raccoon)[1]
Puma concolor (Cougar)[1]
Rusa unicolor (sambar)[1]
Sciurus niger (eastern fox squirrel)[3]
Urocyon cinereoargenteus (Gray Fox)[1]
Vulpes vulpes (Red Fox)[1]


Canada, Mexico, United States;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Nunn, C. L., and S. Altizer. 2005. The Global Mammal Parasite Database: An Online Resource for Infectious Disease Records in Wild Primates. Evolutionary Anthroplogy 14:1-2.
24.2 Red wolf, Canis rufus, B.T. Kelly, A. Beyer and M.K. Phillips, Sillero-Zubiri, C., Hoffmann, M. and Macdonald, D.W. (eds). 2004. Canids: Foxes, Wolves, Jackals and Dogs. Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan. IUCN/SSC Canid Specialist Group. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. x + 430 pp.
3Sciurus niger, John L. Koprowski, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 479, pp. 1-9 (1994)
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