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October 29, 1910

The Scientific Name of the Spotted-Fever Tick

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Washington, D. C.

JAMA. 1910;55(18):1574-1575. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330180062027

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To the Editor:—  In many of the publications on the spotted or Rocky Mountain fever, the tick is referred to as Dermacentor occidentalis. This, I believe, is due to an identification of Dr. Stiles, following Neumann, who included it under that species. It is not Dermacentor occidentalis. Dr. Stiles, in a paper on this disease in 1905, mentions in two places the name Dermacentor andersoni; he furnishes no figure and not a word of description, so that the name cannot, according to the rules of zoologic nomenclature, hold from that date. On June 6, 1908, a revision of the classification of the ticks of the United States was published by me in a bulletin of the Department of Agriculture. In this I described the spotted fever tick as Dermacentor venustus n. sp. On July 3, 1908, Dr. Stiles, in a report of the Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service, gave some

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