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Description:These mouth parts belong to a Argasidae family North American tick with its well developed hypostome, and definite teeth.
Ticks of the genus Ornithodoros, i.e., family Argasidae, are the only “soft ticks” that possess a well developed hypostome with teeth. As part of the tick’s mouth, the hypostome is the structure that is used to penetrate the host’s skin.
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Content Providers(s):CDC
Creation Date:1975
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Links:CDC – E. I. D., "Tick-borne Relapsing Fever Caused by Borrelia hermsii, Montana", Vol. 9, No. 9, September 2003
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