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Tropical Bont Tick

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Tropical bont tick, adult male
Tropical bont tick, adult male - Photo by Alan Walker; University of Edinburgh
Scientific Name: 

Amblyomma variegatum (Fabricius, 1794) (CABI)

Common Name: 

Tropical bont tick

Native To: 

Sub-Saharan Africa (CFSPH 2009)

Date of U.S. Introduction: 

Not introduced

Means of Introduction: 

Introduced to the Caribbean in 1800s from infected cattle from Africa. Could be introduced to Florida from the Caribbean by migratory birds. (Barré et al. 1995)


Spreads fatal livestock and wildlife diseases. It infests cattle, sheep and goats, reducing meat and milk production on the islands. (CFSPH 2009)

Current U.S. Distribution: 
Not currently established


Selected Resources

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Iowa State University. Center for Food Security and Public Health.

University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
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