Amblyomma triguttatum

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Amblyomma triguttatum
Amblyomma triguttatum female
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Ixodida
Family: Ixodidae
Genus: Amblyomma
A. triguttatum
Binomial name
Amblyomma triguttatum
Koch, 1844

Amblyomma triguttatum, commonly known as the kangaroo tick, is a species of tick in the genus Amblyomma native to Australia, in Western Australia, parts of Queensland, and in New South Wales.


There are four subspecies, one or more of which might be separate species.[1] The nominate subspecies is a vector for Rickettsia.[2]


Like all species in its family, Ixodidae (known as hard ticks), the kangaroo tick is a parasitic arachnid and is an obligate hematophage, solely consuming blood for its nutritional needs.[3]


Thought to be a carrier of Q fever, in addition to parasitising macropods such as western grey kangaroos and Tammar wallabies, it has been found on a variety of other mammalian hosts, including black rats, European rabbits, domesticated dogs and cats, and humans.[4]


  1. ^ Alberto A. Guglielmone; Richard G. Robbins; Dmitry A. Apanaskevich; Trevor N. Petney; Agustín Estrada-Peña; Ivan G. Horak (2013). The Hard Ticks of the World: (Acari: Ixodida: Ixodidae). Springer Science & Business Media. pp. 510–11. ISBN 9789400774971.
  2. ^ Li AY, Adams PJ, Abdad MY, Fenwick SG (2010). "High prevalence of Rickettsia gravesii sp. nov. in Amblyomma triguttatum collected from feral pigs". Vet. Microbiol. (Submitted manuscript). 146 (1–2): 59–62. doi:10.1016/j.vetmic.2010.04.018. PMID 20488632.
  3. ^ "Life cycle of Hard Ticks that Spread Disease". Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
  4. ^ Waudby, Helen P.; Petit, Sophie; Dixon, Bruce; Andrews, Ross H. (5 July 2007). "Hosts of the exotic ornate kangaroo tick, Amblyomma triguttatum triguttatum Koch, on southern Yorke Peninsula, South Australia". Parasitology Research. Vol. 101. pp. 1323–1330. doi:10.1007/s00436-007-0642-4. PMID 17611781.