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Tropical Bont Tick

Scientific Name

Amblyomma variegatum (Fabricius, 1794) (CABI)

Common Name

Tropical bont tick

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)


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

Tropical bont tick, adult male
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Tropical bont tick, adult male


Photo by Alan Walker; University of Edinburgh

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