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A Record of Morphological Anomalies in the Tick Dermacentor nuttalli Olenev (Acari: Ixodidae)

Version 1 : Received: 10 February 2019 / Approved: 12 February 2019 / Online: 12 February 2019 (11:30:21 CET)

How to cite: Wang, X.; Chen, Z.; Liu, J. A Record of Morphological Anomalies in the Tick Dermacentor nuttalli Olenev (Acari: Ixodidae). Preprints 2019, 2019020102 Wang, X.; Chen, Z.; Liu, J. A Record of Morphological Anomalies in the Tick Dermacentor nuttalli Olenev (Acari: Ixodidae). Preprints 2019, 2019020102

Abstract

A previously undescribed malformed half-engorged female Dermacentor nuttalli was noticed in our tick specimen collection. This tick exhibited abnormal legs compared with normal D. nuttalli ticks. The first leg on the right side and the third leg on the left side were much smaller than normal ticks, and reduced to a small and degenerated appendix, respectively. Both of their pulvillus and claws were absent.

Subject Areas

ticks; morphological anomalies; Dermacentor nuttalli

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