I would like to acknowledge the following information sources used in compiling this educational resource.

Tick Alert Group Support (TAGS) Inc. Australia -

Department of Medical Entomology, Westmead Hospital, Wentworth NSW2145, Australia

Invertebrate Anatomy OnLine,


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I would also like to thank the Centre for Microscopy and Microanlysis (CMM) at the University of Queensland for use of their sample preparation equipment and Scanning Electron Microscope.

This tick was removed from my clothing while I was at the Binna Burra camping grounds (near Lamington National Park in Queensland) before it had the chance to reach my skin. The specimen was later freeze-dried at the CMM by cooling it to liquid nitrogen temperature then allowing it to slowly warm up while under high vacuum. It was then glued to a microscope mount and coated with platinum in a sputter-coater before being imaged in the JEOL 6460 LA Scanning Electron Microscope at the CMM.

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Duncan Waddell (webEM, XTAL Enterprises)


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