First record of the sea snake tick Amblyomma nitidum Hirst and Hirst, 1910 (Acari: Ixodidae) from Taiwan

Mackenzie L. Kwak, Chi Chien Kuo, Ho Tsung Chu

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The sea snake tick (Amblyomma nitidum) is a host specialist of snakes in the genus Laticauda and is one of the few ticks which could be regarded as semi-marine. Yet despite the attention this species has received due to its bizarre ecology, its distribution remains poorly known as geographic records of its occurrence through the Asia-Pacific are highly fragmentary. For the first time this species is recorded from Taiwan based on specimens collected from the yellow-lipped sea krait (Laticauda colubrina).

Original languageEnglish
Article number101383
JournalTicks and Tick-borne Diseases
Issue number3
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020 Jan 1



  • Amblyomma
  • Laticauda colubrina
  • Museum
  • reptile
  • Taiwanese

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Microbiology
  • Insect Science
  • Infectious Diseases

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