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Temporal range: Cretaceous–present
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A female of Amblyomma ovale firmly attached to and feeding on a dog.
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Subclass: Acari
Order: Ixodida
Family: Ixodidae
Genus: Amblyomma
Koch, 1844

About 130, see text.

Amblyomma marmoreum C. L. Koch drawn by Oudemans Naturalis Biodiversity Center - RMNH.ART.1201 - Amblyomma marmoreum (C. L. Koch) - Mites - Collection Anthonie Cornelis Oudemans.jpeg
Amblyomma marmoreum C. L. Koch drawn by Oudemans

Amblyomma is a genus of hard ticks. Some are disease vectors, for example the Rocky Mountain spotted fever in Brazil or ehrlichiosis in the United States.


This genus is the third largest in the family Ixodidae, with its species primarily occupying the torrid zones of all the continents. The centre of species diversity is on the American continent, where half of all the species occur. On this continent, Amblyomma species reach far beyond the torrid zone, up to the 40th parallel in the Northern Hemisphere, to the 50th parallel in the Southern Hemisphere, and even reaches the alpine zone of the Andes. [1]


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