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Tropical Bont Tick

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Tropical bont tick, adult male
Scientific Name:

Amblyomma variegatum (Fabricius, 1794) (CABI)

Common Name:
Tropical bont tick
Photo:
Tropical bont tick, adult male - Photo by Alan Walker; University of Edinburgh
Native To:

Sub-Saharan Africa (CFSPH 2009)

Date of U.S. Introduction:

Not introduced

Means of Introduction:

Introduced to the Caribbean in 1800s from infected cattle from Africa. Could be introduced to Florida from the Caribbean by migratory birds. (Barré et al. 1995)

Impact:

Spreads fatal livestock and wildlife diseases. It infests cattle, sheep and goats, reducing meat and milk production on the islands. (CFSPH 2009)

Current U.S. Distribution:
Not currently established

Selected Resources

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Academic

Iowa State University. Center for Food Security and Public Health.
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source Publication #ENY518

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