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Ornithodoros species are soft ticks (Family Argasidae). Included in this genus are several important vectors of tick-borne relapsing fever in humans, as well as parasites of domestic and wild mammals.

Like other argasids, Ornithodoros ticks have multihost life cycles. Argasid ticks have two or more nymphal stages, each requiring a blood meal from a host. Unlike the ixodid (hard) ticks, which stay attached to their hosts for up to several days while feeding, most argasid ticks are adapted to feeding rapidly (for about an hour), then dropping off the host. Two Ornithodoros species of public health concern in the United States, Ornithodoros hermsi and O. turicata, are vectors of tick-borne relapsing fever (TBRF) spirochetes. In Africa, Ornithodoros moubata (and possibly several related species) are important vectors of TBRF spirochetes (Cutler et al. 2009).

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Ornithodoros

Ornithodoros is a genus in the soft-bodied tick family, Argasidae. The Linnean name derives from ornithos (Greek: ὄρνιθος) and doros (Greek: Δωρόν), meaning "bird" and "gift", respectively. It contains these species:[1]

Physiology[edit]

The opening between the midgut and hindgut has been lost, making the ticks unable to pass digestive waste products out of their bodies.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Joel Hallan (March 24, 2008). "Argasidae". Catalog of the Acari. Texas A&M University. Retrieved December 18, 2009. 
  2. ^ Roberts, Larry S.; Janovy, Jr., John (2009). Foundations of Parasitology (8th ed.). McGraw-Hill. p. 647. ISBN 9780073028279. 
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