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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11158/saa.20.5.3

First report of Amblyomma tapirellum Dunn, 1933 (Ixodida: Ixodidae) in Costa Rica

Ana Eugenia Jimenez, Ruth M Castro, Antony Solórzano, Victor Montenegro, Sergio Bermúdez, Carlos Víquez, Gaby Dolz

Abstract


A total of six Amblyomma tapirellum ticks were found for the first time in rainforest from the lowland to the southern Pacific of Costa Rica. Tick identification was carried out by morphology and afterward confirmed by molecular analysis, using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and DNA barcoding. Further studies are required to determine the distribution of A. tapirellum and this species’ potential as a vector of bacterial agents to humans and wild hosts.


Keywords


Amblyomma tapirellum, lowland rainforest, Costa Rica

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