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Lab Keys

Tick Key
Tick Anatomy & Terms

1. Scutum ornate:
     Mottled Scutum or Scutum with dots ........ Go to: 3 & 4
2. Scutum not ornate. .......... Go to: 5 & 6


3. Long thin palpi .......... Amblyomma
4. Short palpi .......... Dermacentor


5. Long wide palpi,
     Lacks Festoons, Anal groove anterior to anus. .......... Ixodes
6. Short palpi,
     Festoons Present, Anal groove posterior to anus. .......... Rhipicephalus

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