Journal of Medical Entomology
Adult females and males of Ixodes affinis and Ixodes scapularis are illustrated by focus stacking image photography, and morphological character states are described that reliably differentiate the two species. In conjunction with other environmental cues, such as the questing phenology of adults, these characteristics will enable the rapid identification of adults of either sex along the southern Coastal Plain of the United States, where these species are sympatric.
Original Publication Citation
Nadolny, R. M., Toliver, M., Gaff, H. D., Snodgrass, J. G., & Robbins, R. G. (2021). Focus stacking images of morphological character states for differentiating the adults of Ixodes affinis and Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae) in areas of sympatry. Journal of medical entomology, 1-7, Article tjab058. https://doi.org/10.1093/jme/tjab058
Nadolny, Robyn M.; Toliver, Marcée; Gaff, Holly D.; Snodgrass, John G.; and Robbins, Richard G., "Focus Stacking Images of Morphological Character States for Differentiating the Adults of Ixodes affinis and Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae) in Areas of Sympatry" (2021). Biological Sciences Faculty Publications. 443.