Florida Species of Ticks

Exp Appl Acarol. 2016 Feb 18. [Epub ahead of print]

Ticks associated with domestic dogs and cats in Florida, USA.

Burroughs JE1,2, Thomasson JA3, Marsella R4, Greiner EC1, Allan SA5.

Author information

  • 1Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 32607, USA.
  • 2U.S. Army Medical Command, Carlisle, PA, 17013, USA.
  • 3Field Veterinary Services, Merial Ltd, Duluth, GA, 30096, USA.
  • 4Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 32607, USA.
  • 5Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA, Gainesville, FL, 32608, USA. sandy.allan@ars.usda.gov.


Voluntary collections of ticks from domestic dogs and cats by veterinary practitioners across Florida, USA, were conducted over a 10 month period.

Of the 1337 ticks submitted, five species of ixodid ticks were identified and included Rhipicephalus sanguineus, Amblyomma americanum, A. maculatum, Dermacentor variabilis, and Ixodes scapularis. [See photos below]

Most ticks were collected from dogs (98.4 %) with the most predominant species being R. sanguineus (94.3 %).

Of the ticks collected from cats (1.6 %), A. americanum were the most common (74 %). Only R. sanguineus were collected throughout the state, with the other species collected only in central and north Florida.

The tick species collected from dogs and cats represent a risk to these domestic species as well as associated humans for a range of tick-borne diseases in Florida.

Amblyomma; Cat; Dog; Florida; Ixodes; Rhipicephalus; Ticks

PMID: 26888081 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Link Here- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26888081

Ticks Found in Florida On Dogs

Rhipicephalus sanguineus- Brown Dog Tick

Amblyomma americanum- Lone Star Tick

A. maculatum- Gulf Coast Tick

Dermacentor variabilis- American Dog Tick (Wood Tick)

Ixodes scapularis- Deer Tick

Rhipicephalus sanguineus

Brown Dog Tick


Amblyomma americanum

Lone Star Tick

A. maculatum

Gulf Coast Tick

University of Florida

Ixodes scapularis

Deer Tick

Dermacentor variabilis

American Dog Tick