Genus Bothriocroton (formerly Aponomma) includes 7 species of ticks indigenous to Australia and Papua New Guinea (B oudemansi). Bothriocroton spp resemble Amblyomma spp except that they have no eyes. In this group, B aruginans is a parasite of wombats; B concolor and B oudemansi are ectoparasites of echidnas in Australia and Papua New Guinea, respectively. The other 4 species in this genus parasitize reptiles almost exclusively. B hydrosauri, the blue-tongued lizard tick, is the reservoir of Rickettsia honei on Flinders Island, Australia.
Last full review/revision July 2011 by Michael L. Levin, PhD