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Dermacentor variabilis (Say, 1821)
American Dog Tick; Wood Tick
Family: Ixodidae


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Distribution of Dermacentor variabilis in British Columbia in British Columbia


There are a few locations for the American Dog Tick in British Columbia, although it is much more common in Eastern North America (Lindquist et al. 2016). Lindquist et al. (2016, 88) indicates that the American Dog Tick has expanded its range in Saskatchewan and Manitoba and is "established considerably further north and west than 50 years ago."

This tick may be a pest in eastern residential areas (Gregson 1956).

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)

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Synonyms and Alternate Names

Ixodes variabilis Say, 1821

Species References

Gregson, John D. 1956. The Ixodoidae of Canada. Canada Department of Agricluture, Ottawa.

Lindquist, Evert E., Terry D. Galloway, Harvey Artsob, L. Robbin Lindsay, Michael Brebot, Heidi Wood and Richard. G. Robbins. 2016. A Handbook to the Ticks of Canada (Ixodida: Ixodidae, Argasidae Biological Survey of Canada, Ottawa