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tick identification key was designed for use by researchers, clinicians
and healthcare workers as well as educational purposes in the
field of parasitology.
It combines the methods utilised in original keys (developed in
1956 by Hoogstraal) with clear photographic illustrations, to
facilitate the recognition of ticks.
Ticks are classified as Arthropods (Arachnida, order:Acarina)
and are obligate blood sucking ectoparasites. They are important
vectors to various major diseases to birds, reptiles and mammals
(humans included) and therefore pose a medical, veterinary but
also economical threat.
By identification of the tick genus or species the potential risk
to animals and humans, as well as the potential disease prevalence
in tick infested areas, may be assessed and thus more adequately
This program contains a user-friendly tick genus identification key
(suitable for all levels of expertise), along with background
information on the biology
of various tick species.