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Ixodes ricinus (Deer tick; Castor bean tick; Common sheep tick; Face tick; Pasture tick; Sheep tick; Wood tick)

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Wikipedia Abstract

Ixodes ricinus, the castor bean tick, is a chiefly European species of hard-bodied tick. It may reach a length of 11 mm (0.43 in) when engorged with a blood meal, and can transmit both bacterial and viral pathogens such as the causative agents of Lyme disease and tick-borne encephalitis.
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Prey / Diet

Capreolus capreolus (western roe deer)[1]
Columba palumbus (Common Wood Pigeon)[1]
Homo sapiens (man)[2]
Phylloscopus collybita (Common Chiffchaff)[1]



Parasitized by 
Dipetalonema rugosicauda <Unverified Name>[4]


Italy, Albania, Algeria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Egypt, Eritrea, France, Germany, Federal Republic of, Greece, Hungary, Libya, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Ecology of Commanster
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Nunn, 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.
4Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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