Considerable research on ticks has been done since it was discovered that the Rocky Mountain wood tick, Dermacentor andersoni Stiles, was a principal vector of Rocky Mountain spotted fevero Additional disease agents of man are also transmitted by D. andersoni. This tick and a closely related species, Dermacentor parumapertus Neuman, occur commonly in Utah. The two species are often closely associated, although D. andersoni is believed to occur in the mountains, whereas D. parumapertus is in the desert valleys. Diseases affecting animals in nature are transmitted by ticks of both species. Consequently, any interaction between the two may be influential in the maintenance of diseases in nature communicable to man and his domestic animals.
College and Department
Plant and Wildlife Sciences
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Despain, William J., "Elevational occurrence of the ticks Dermacentor Andersoni and Dermacentor Parumapertus in Utah County, Utah" (1968). Theses and Dissertations. 7672.
Rocky mountain spotted fever tick; Dermacentor Parumapertus; Ticks, Utah; Insects, Utah