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Amblyomma_cajennense.jpgNew Zealand Ticks

There are nine species of tick present in New Zealand (listed below). Only one species, Haemaphysalis longicornis was introduced, the rest are native species.
Cario capensis (=Ornithidoros capensis) is the only soft tick (Family Argasidae) in New Zealand, the other eight species are hard ticks (Family Ixodidae). The majority of New Zealand ticks are sea bird ticks. The exceptions are; Aponomma sphenodonti (Tuatara tick), Haemaphysalis longicornis (Cattle tick), and Ixodes anatis (Kiwi tick).

A new species of Encyrtid wasp (Ixodiphagus sp.) has been found parasitising two New Zealand tick species (Ixodes euyptidis and Ix. uriae) in Otago (Health, A.C.G. and R.P. Cane. 2009. A new species of Ixodiphagus (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Encyrtidae) parasitising seabirds in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology (accepted)).

The most common tick the New Zealand public is likely to come across is the Cattle tick or Bush tick, click on the icon below to read about it.

  Amblyomma sphenodonti - Tuatara Tick


 Haemaphysalis longicornis - Cattle Tick

  documentsmall.gif    Ap sphenodonti M dorsal view labelled thumbnail.JPG     documentsmall.gif    H longicornis F dorsal cropped labelled.JPG

 Ixodes anatis - Kiwi Tick


 Ixodes auritulus zealandicus

documentsmall.gif    Ix anatis M dorsal labelled.JPG   documentsmall.gif    Ix a zeal N hypostome labelled.JPG

 Ixodes eudyptidis


 Ixodes jacksoni

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Ixodes kerguelenesis


Ixodes uriae

documentsmall.gif  Ix kerg F dorsal view thumbnail.JPG    documentsmall.gif  Ix uriae  L&BFL cropped compressed labelled.JPG

Carios (= Ornithodoros) capensis



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