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Ixodes ricinus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Acari
Family: Ixodidae
Genus: Ixodes
Species: I. ricinus
Binomial name
Ixodes ricinus
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Ixodes ricinus, known as the sheep tick or castor bean tick, is a hard-bodied tick (family Ixodidae) of Europe.[1] It is a vector for Lyme disease and tick-borne meningoencephalitis in humans,[2] and louping ill in sheep.[3]


  1. ^ Mangold AJ, Bargues MD, Mas-Coma S (1998). "18S rRNA gene sequences and phylogenetic relationships of European hard-tick species (Acari: Ixodidae)". Parasitol. Res. 84 (1): 31–7. doi:10.1007/s004360050352. PMID 9491423.  
  2. ^ Lindgren E, Tälleklint L, Polfeldt T (2000). "Impact of climatic change on the northern latitude limit and population density of the disease-transmitting European tick Ixodes ricinus". Environ. Health Perspect. 108 (2): 119–23. doi:10.2307/3454509. PMID 10656851.  
  3. ^ (pdf) Louping ill, Center for Food Security and Public Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, 2005-08-05,  

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