Brown dog tick, SEM

Brown dog tick, SEM

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Caption: Brown dog tick. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus). This is one of the most important vectors of diseases in dogs worldwide. In the United States, it is a vector of canine ehrlichiosis (Ehrlichia canis) and canine babesiosis (Babesia canis). Symptoms of canine ehrlichiosis include lameness and fever; those for babesiosis include fever, anorexia and anemia. In parts of Europe, Asia and Africa, it is a vector of Rickettsia conorii, known locally as Mediterranean spotted fever, boutonneuse fever, or tick typhus. The hypostome (bottom left) is inserted with its backward pointing barbs anchoring the animal. Magnification: x40 when printed at 10cm wide.

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