Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Leather ticks

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Mites from the leather tick family.

General definition
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The pigeon tick, Argas reflexus, has dermatological significance as a carrier of bird spirochaetosis. Humans are rarely attacked due to the lack of other hosts. After the bite of a human host, Argasids die of human blood. S.a. ticks and Ixodes ricinus.

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Mostly endemically occurring tick family in hot and dry areas. Also in humid biotopes Argasids usually prefer dry niches. They live mainly near the resting places of their hosts (birds, reptiles, humans).

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  1. Keiran's JE et al (2001) Invasion: exotic ticks (Acari: Argasidae, Ixodidae) imported into the United States. A review and new records. J Med Entomol 38: 850-861
  2. Knulle W et al (1997) Cold hardiness, supercooling ability and causes of low-temperature mortality in the soft tick, Argas reflexus, and the hard tick, Ixodes ricinus (Acari:Ixodoidea) from Central Europe. J Insect Physiol 43: 843-854

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020