|Title||First Report of Ixodes scapularis Ticks Parasitizing a North American Porcupine in Canada|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2021|
|Keywords||blacklegged ticks, Canada, ectoparasite, Erethizon dorsatum, herbivore, Ixodes scapularis, north American porcupine, parasitism, tick-host record|
Adult females of the blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae), were collected from a North American porcupine, Erethizon dorsatum, in eastern Ontario, Canada. This porcupine parasitism indicates that an established population of I. scapularis is present in the local vicinity. This tick species is known to parasitize more than 150 different vertebrate hosts, including the North American porcupine. The presence of I. scapularis ticks parasitizing a North American porcupine constitutes a new tick-host record in Canada.