Systematic Parasitology

, Volume 53, Issue 2, pp 101–107 | Cite as

A new subfamily, Bothriocrotoninae n. subfam., for the genus Bothriocroton Keirans, King & Sharrad, 1994 status amend. (Ixodida: Ixodidae), and the synonymy of Aponomma Neumann, 1899 with Amblyomma Koch, 1844

  • Hans Klompen
  • Susan J. Dobson
  • Stephen C. Barker


Evidence suggesting polyphyly of the traditionally recognised tick genus Aponomma Neumann, 1899 is summarized. Continued recognition of this genus in its current concept leaves a polyphyletic genus Aponomma and a paraphyletic genus Amblyomma Koch, 1844. To improve the correlation between our understanding of phylogenetic relationships in metastriate ticks and their classification, a few changes in classification are proposed. The members of the `indigenous Australian Aponomma' group (sensu Kaufman, 1972), A. auruginans Schulze, 1936, A. concolor Neumann, 1899, A. glebopalma Keirans, King & Sharrad, 1994, A. hydrosauri (Denny, 1843) and A. undatum (Fabricius, 1775), are transferred to Bothriocroton Keirans, King & Sharrad, 1994, which is raised to full generic rank. The remaining members of Aponomma are transferred to Amblyomma. Uncertainty remains on relationships of Bothriocroton to other metastriate lineages and on the systematic position of the two species formerly included in the `primitive Aponomma' group, A. elaphense Price, 1959 and A. sphenodonti Dumbleton, 1943.


Phylogenetic Relationship Systematic Position Current Concept Generic Rank Tick Genus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Klompen
    • 1
  • Susan J. Dobson
    • 2
  • Stephen C. Barker
    • 2
  1. 1.Acarology Laboratory, Department of EntomologyOhio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, and Institute for Molecular BiosciencesUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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