Ixodes kerguelenensis female figure adapted from Arthur (1960)(click on thumbnail for larger image).

Ixodes kerguelenensis male figure adapted from Roberts (1970) (click on thumbnail for larger image).

Species name

Ixodes kerguelenensis André & Colas-Belcour, 1942

Common name


Naming history

Ixodes kerguelenensis André & Colas-Belcour, 1942 (accepted name)

Synonyms and misapplied names:
Ixodes canisuga kerguelenensis Zumpt, 1952 (synonym)
Ixodes canisuga v. kerguelenensis André & Colas-Belcour, 1942 (synonym)
Ixodes percavatus André, 1947 (misapplied name)
Ixodes pterodromae Arthur, 1960 (synonym)
Ixodes zumpti Arthur, 1960 (synonym)
Ixodes (Multidentatus) kerguelenensis Clifford et al., 1973 (synonym)
Scaphixodes (Multidentatus) kerguelenensis Camicas et al., 1998 (synonym)


Seabirds including wandering albatross (Diomedea bulleri), fleshy-footed shearwater (Puffinus carneipes), Tasmanian mutton bird (Puffinus tenuirostris)

Description of larva

Not available at present


Description of nymph

From Roberts (1970).

Description of female

From Roberts (1970).

Description of male

From Roberts (1970).

Disease relationships

This section needs to be updated.


New Zealand: South Georgia, Prince Edward, Crozets, Kerguelen, Heard, Maquarie, Auckland, Lord-Haw, and Campbell Islands.
Shores of Australia: (South Australia and Tasmania).


Status in New Zealand


Comments, identifying features and similar species

Ixodes kerguelenensis is a three host tick that is associated with seabirds and is nitidulous (the off host period is spent in the hosts burrow).  It is thought that male I. kerguelenensis are restricted to the host habitat while the females, nymphs and larvae are all found on the same hosts.

Ixodes kerguelenensis can be distinguished from other Ixodes species that occur in New Zealand by the following features;

The female and nymph of I. kerguelenensis can potentially be confused with that of I. autritulus.  However, I. kerguelenensis is readily identified by the presence of both an internal forwardly directed spur and a mesodorsal spur on palpal article 1.

Useful references

Arthur DR 1960. A review of some ticks (Acarina: Ixodidae) of sea birds. Part II.  The taxonomic problem associated with Ixodes auritulus-pervcavatus group of species. Parasitology, 50: 199-226.


Bishop DM. & Heath ACG 1998. Checklist of ectoparasites of birds in New Zealand. Surveillance. Special Issue: Parasites of Birds in New Zealand. 25: 13-31.


Barker SC & Murrell A  2004.  Systematics and evolution of ticks with a list of valid genus and species names.  Parasitology, 129: S15-S36.


Camicas JL, Hervy JP, Adam F & Morel PC 1998.  Les Tiques de Monde.  Nomenclature, stades decrits, hotes, repartition.  The ticks of the world.  Nomenclature, described stages, hosts, distribution (Acarida, Ixodida). France , Orstom Editions.


Dumbleton LJ 1963. A synopsis of the ticks (Acarina: Ixodoidea) of New Zealand. Tuatara 11: 72-78.


Heath ACG 1987. A review of the origins and zoogeography of tick-borne disease in New Zealand. Tuatara 29: 19-29.


Horack IG, Camicas J-L & Kierans, JE 2002. The Argasidae, Ixodidae and Nuttalliellidae (Acari: Ixodida): a world list of valid tick names.  Experimental and Applied Acarology, 28: 27-54.


Roberts FHS 1970. Australian ticks. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Melbourne. 267pp.


Wilson N (1964) Insects of Campbell Island. Metastigmata: Ixodidae. Pacific Insects Monographs, 7: 132-137.