Species of Ixodes are of average in size when compared to the other tick genera, ranging from 3-4mm in length when unfed. Their gnathosoma is similar to that of Hyalomma . However, articles ii and iii of the palps tend to appear more club like.
Other features seen in Ixodes includes:
There are a number of morphological differences between males and females, so for this genus males and females have separate keys:
1a.) Scutum covers anterior portion of dorsal surface
1b.) Scutum covers entire/most of the dorsal surface (conscutum)