Experimental and Applied Acarology

, Volume 74, Issue 2, pp 185–190 | Cite as

The first records of human infestation by the hard tick Ixodes (Endopalpiger) australiensis (Acari: Ixodidae), with a review of human infestation by ticks in Australia

  • Mackenzie L. Kwak


The first record of human infestation and feeding by the native tick species Ixodes australiensis is reported in Australia based on a specimen collected from an adult male. Human infestation by ticks in Australia is reviewed and a concise list of anthropophagic ticks occurring in Australia is presented.


Tick-borne disease Australia Host Ticks Ixodes australiensis 



I gratefully acknowledge the kind cooperation of John Cook. Without him this research could not have been undertaken. I also thank Prof. Ian Beveridge for helpful comments on this manuscript. Dr Harry Chow was helpful in providing technical terminology for disease signs, for this I thank him.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesNational University of SingaporeSingaporeRepublic of Singapore

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