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Table 2 Classification of ticks on their state of attachment and engorgement and whether they are alive or dead

From: Efficacy of an imidacloprid/flumethrin collar against fleas, ticks, mites and lice on dogs

Category Condition Attachment status
1 Live Unattached
2 Live Attached, unengorged*
3 Live Attached, engorged**
4 Dead Unattached
5 Dead Attached, unengorged*
6 Dead Attached, engorged**
  1. * no filling of the idiosoma evident.
  2. ** conspicuous filling of the idiosoma.