Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn


  • Heinz MehlhornEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_2845
Dorsal shield of sclerotized  cuticle in ixodid or “hard”  ticks. The scutum is present in all stages and occupies about one-third of the anterior dorsal surface of females, nymphs, and larvae and the entire dorsal surface in males (  Ticks, Figs. 4, 5, and 6A). In female and immature ixodid ticks, the remaining, extensible dorsal surface is called the  alloscutum (Fig. 1).
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  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany