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Ixodes (Ixodes) jellisoni and I. (I.) neotomae (Acari:Ixodidae): descriptions of the immature stages from California.

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Abstract

Nymphal and larval stages of Ixodes (Ixodes) jellisoni Cooley & Kohls and I. (I.) neotomae Cooley are described for the first time. These 2 tick species occur only in the western United States, predominantly in California. The primary host for I. jellisoni is the California kangaroo rat, Dipodomys californicus (Merriam); that for I. neotomae is the dusky-footed woodrat, Neotoma fuscipes Baird. The etiologic agent of
Lyme disease Borrelia burgdorferi Johnson, Schmidt, Hyde, Steigerwalt & Brenner has recently been isolated from both tick species, and I. neotomae was proven a competent enzootic vector of the
Lyme disease spirochete.

J Med Entomol. 1996 May;33(3):319-27. Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov’t; Research Support, U.S. Gov’t, P.H.S.

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