Comments on controversial tick (Acari: Ixodida) species names and species described or resurrected from 2003 to 2008

  • Alberto A. GuglielmoneEmail author
  • Richard G. Robbins
  • Dmitry A. Apanaskevich
  • Trevor N. Petney
  • Agustín Estrada-Peña
  • Ivan G. Horak
Review Paper


There are numerous discrepancies in recent published lists of the ticks of the world. Here we review the controversial names, presenting evidence for or against their validity and excluding some altogether. We also address spelling errors and present a list of 17 species described or resurrected during the years 2003–2008. We consider the following 35 tick species names to be invalid: Argas fischeri Audouin, 1826, Ornithodoros boliviensis Kohls and Clifford, 1964, Ornithodoros steini (Schulze, 1935), Amblyomma acutangulatum Neumann, 1899, Amblyomma arianae Keirans and Garris, 1986, Amblyomma bibroni (Gervais, 1842), Amblyomma colasbelcouri (Santos Dias, 1958), Amblyomma concolor Neumann, 1899, Amblyomma cooperi Nuttall and Warburton, 1908, Amblyomma curruca Schulze, 1936, Amblyomma cyprium Neumann, 1899, Amblyomma decorosum (Koch, 1867), Amblyomma nocens Robinson, 1912, Amblyomma perpunctatum (Packard, 1869), Amblyomma striatum Koch, 1844, Amblyomma superbum Santos Dias, 1953, Amblyomma testudinis (Conil, 1877), Amblyomma trinitatis Turk, 1948, Dermacentor confractus (Schulze 1933), Dermacentor daghestanicus Olenev, 1928, Haemaphysalis himalaya Hoogstraal, 1966, Haemaphysalis vietnamensis Hoogstraal and Wilson, 1966, Hyalomma detritum Schulze, 1919, Ixodes apteridis Maskell, 1897, Ixodes donarthuri Santos Dias, 1980, Ixodes kempi Nuttall, 1913, Ixodes neotomae Cooley, 1944, Ixodes rangtangensis Teng, 1973, Ixodes robertsi Camicas, Hervy, Adam and Morel, 1998, Ixodes serrafreirei Amorim, Gazetta, Bossi and Linhares, 2003, Ixodes tertiarius Scudder, 1885, Ixodes uruguayensis Kohls and Clifford, 1967, Ixodes zealandicus Dumbleton, 1961, Ixodes zumpti Arthur, 1960 and Rhipicephalus camelopardalis Walker and Wiley, 1959. We consider the following 40 names valid: Argas delicatus Neumann, 1910, Argas vulgaris Filippova, 1961, Ornithodoros aragaoi Fonseca, 1960, Ornithodoros dugesi Mazzoti, 1943, Ornithodoros knoxjonesi Jones and Clifford, 1972, Ornithodoros marocanus Velu, 1919, Ornithodoros nattereri Warburton, 1927, Amblyomma beaurepairei Vogelsang and Santos Dias, 1953, Amblyomma crassipes (Neumann, 1901), Amblyomma echidnae Roberts, 1953, Amblyomma fuscum Neumann, 1907, Amblyomma orlovi (Kolonin, 1995), Amblyomma parkeri Fonseca and Aragão, 1952, Amblyomma pseudoconcolor Aragão, 1908, Bothriocroton oudemansi (Neumann, 1910), Bothriocroton tachyglossi (Roberts, 1953), Dermacentor abaensis Teng, 1963, Dermacentor confragus (Schulze 1933), Dermacentor ushakovae Filippova and Panova, 1987, Haemaphysalis anomaloceraea Teng, 1984, Haemaphysalis filippovae Bolotin, 1979, Haemaphysalis pavlovskyi Pospelova-Shtrom, 1935, Hyalomma excavatum Koch, 1844, Hyalomma isaaci Sharif, 1928, Hyalomma rufipes Koch, 1844, Hyalomma turanicum Pomerantzev, 1946, Ixodes arabukiensis Arthur, 1959, Ixodes boliviensis Neumann, 1904, Ixodes columnae Takada and Fujita, 1992, Ixodes maslovi Emel′yanova and Kozlovskaya, 1967, Ixodes sachalinensis Filippova, 1971, Ixodes siamensis Kitaoka and Suzuki, 1983, Ixodes sigelos Keirans, Clifford and Corwin, 1976, Ixodes succineus Weidner, 1964, Rhipicephalus aurantiacus Neumann, 1907, Rhipicephalus cliffordi Morel, 1965, Rhipicephalus pilans Schulze, 1935, Rhipicephalus pseudolongus Santos Dias, 1953, Rhipicephalus serranoi Santos Dias, 1950 and Rhipicephalus tetracornus Kitaoka and Suzuki, 1983.


Ixodida Argasidae Ixodidae Species names 



We thank Prof. F. Jongejan, the Coordinator of the Integrated Consortium on Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases 3, for his encouragement, and Prof. R. Meléndez for his search of the type of A. beaurepairei. We are grateful to M. Sánchez for her assistance in searching the literature. Thanks also to the Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria, Asociación Cooperadora de la Estación Experimental Agropecuaria Rafaela del Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria and to the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Argentina, for supporting the research of AAG.


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  • Alberto A. Guglielmone
    • 1
    Email author
  • Richard G. Robbins
    • 2
  • Dmitry A. Apanaskevich
    • 3
  • Trevor N. Petney
    • 4
  • Agustín Estrada-Peña
    • 5
  • Ivan G. Horak
    • 6
  1. 1.Estación Experimental Agropecuaria RafaelaInstituto Nacional de Tecnología AgropecuariaRafaelaArgentina
  2. 2.DPMIAC/AFPMBWalter Reed Army Medical CenterWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.U.S. National Tick Collection, Institute of Arthropodology and ParasitologyGeorgia Southern UniversityStatesboroUSA
  4. 4.Abteilung für Ökologie und ParasitologieZoologisches Institut IKarlsruheGermany
  5. 5.Facultad de VeterinariaUniversidad de ZaragozaZaragozaSpain
  6. 6.Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary ScienceUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa

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