Sunday, December 9, 2001 - 8:24 AM

Distribution and abundance of the Rocky Mountain wood tick, Dermacentor andersoni, in the United States

Angela James1, Jerome Freier1, James E. Keirans2, Lance A. Durden2, Jack Schlater3, and James Mertins3. (1) USDA, APHIS, VS, CEAH, 555 S. Howes St, Fort Collins, CO, (2) Georgia Southern University, Institute of Arthropodology & Parasitology, P. O. Box 8056, Statesboro, GA, (3) USDA, NVSL, 13th and Dayton Road, PO Box 844, Ames, IA

As part of the development and implementation of a National tick survey, we are establishing several databases using information from the US National Tick Collection and USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories tick identification data in an effort to update the distributions of several tick species that are harmful to livestock, poultry, and wildlife. Dermacentor andersoni is one of five tick species chosen as part of the first phase of this project. We will discuss the distribution, host associations, and abundance of D. andersoni in the United States based on records dating from 1909 to 1989 from fourteen different states. We will also discuss several possible environmental factors that may influence the survival and distribution of this tick.

Species 1: Acarina Ixodidae Dermacentor andersoni (Rocky Mountain wood tick)
Keywords: tick, distribution

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