Species of Rhipicephalus are relatively average in size when compared to the other genera; ranging from 3-5mm in length when unfed.  Their gnathosoma is distinct with the lateral margins of the basis capituli forming angular protrusions; causing a hexagonal shape of the basis.


Other features seen in Rhipicephalus  includes:

  • No ornamentation
  • Eyes present
  • Pale rings present on the legs
  • Festoons present
  • Ventral plates present
  • Coxae I has large, equal, paired internal and external spurs


1a.) Scutum/conscutum normally pale; interstitial punctations are small-medium and sparse

Rhipicephalus sanguineus

1b.) Scutum/conscutum normally dark in colour; interstitial punctations are medium-large and dense

Rhipicephalus bursa