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