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New on Featured Creatures! Lone star tick. By Holderman and Kaufman.

We are pleased to announce a new article on Featured Creatures!

Take a sneak peek with this excerpt from the article: The lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum, was first described by Linnaeus in 1758. Lone star ticks feed on the blood of various animals (domesticated and wild) as well as humans. The tick was first considered a nuisance as it does not transmit the etiological agent of Lyme disease, but more recent studies have shown that this species can transmit a variety of other pathogens to humans and other animals, such as those that cause ehrlichiosis, rickettsiosis, tularemia, and theileriosis.

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Adult male (left) and female (right) lone star ticks, Amblyomma americanum (Linnaeus). Photographs by Lyle Buss.

Authors: Christopher J. Holderman and Phillip E. Kaufman, Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florida

Available at: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/urban/medical/lone_star_tick.htm