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Ornithodoros savignyi
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Ixodida
Family: Argasidae
Genus: Ornithodoros
C. L. Koch, 1837
Type species
Ornithodoros savignyi
Audouin, 1827

Ornithodoros is a genus in the soft-bodied tick family, Argasidae.


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


The Linnean name derives from ornithos (Greek: ὄρνιθος) and doros (Greek: Δωρόν), meaning "bird" and "gift", respectively.

It contains these species:[1]

Carios erraticus was previously placed in this genus, as Ornithodoros erraticus.


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  2. ^ Roberts, Larry S.; Janovy, Jr., John (2009). Foundations of Parasitology (8th ed.). McGraw-Hill. p. 647. ISBN 9780073028279.
  3. ^ Muñoz-Leal, Sebastián; Venzal, José M.; González-Acuña, Daniel; Nava, Santiago; Lopes, Marcos G.; Martins, Thiago F.; Figueroa, Cecilia; Fernández, Nicolás; Labruna, Marcelo B. (2016). "A new species of Ornithodoros (Acari: Argasidae) from desert areas of northern Chile". Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases. 7 (5): 901–910. doi:10.1016/j.ttbdis.2016.04.008. PMID 27132517.
  4. ^ a b c d e Trape, Jean-François; Diatta, Georges; Arnathau, Céline; Bitam, Idir; Sarih, M’hammed; Belghyti, Driss; Bouattour, Ali; Elguero, Eric; Vial, Laurence; Mané, Youssouph; Baldé, Cellou; Prugnolle, Franck; Chauvancy, Gilles; Mahé, Gil; Granjon, Laurent; Duplantier, Jean-Marc; Durand, Patrick; Renaud, François (2013). "The Epidemiology and Geographic Distribution of Relapsing Fever Borreliosis in West and North Africa, with a Review of the Ornithodoros erraticus Complex (Acari: Ixodida)". PLOS One. 8 (11): e78473. Bibcode:2013PLoSO...878473T. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0078473. PMC 3817255. PMID 24223812.
  5. ^ Barros-Battesti, Darci Moraes; Landulfo, Gabriel Alves; Luz, Hermes Ribeiro; Marcili, Arlei; Onofrio, Valeria Castilho; Famadas, Kátia Maria (2015). "Ornithodoros faccinii n. sp. (Acari: Ixodida: Argasidae) parasitizing the frog Thoropa miliaris (Amphibia: Anura: Cycloramphidae) in Brazil". Parasites & Vectors. 8 (268): 268. doi:10.1186/s13071-015-0877-3. PMC 4489115. PMID 25963542. open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ a b Venzal, José M.; González-Acuña, Daniel; Muñoz-Leal, Sebastián; Mangold, Atilio J.; Nava, Santiago (2015). "Two new species of Ornithodoros (Ixodida; Argasidae) from the Southern Cone of South America". Experimental and Applied Acarology. 66 (1): 127–139. doi:10.1007/s10493-015-9883-6. PMID 25702203.
  7. ^ Larrousse, F. (1923). "Présence au Kef (Tunisie) d'une nouvelle espèce du genre Ornithodoros : O. normandi n. sp". Annales de Parasitologie Humaine et Comparée. 1 (2): 170–177. doi:10.1051/parasite/1923012170. open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ Venzal, JM; Nava, S; Mangold, AJ; Mastropaolo, M; Casás, G; Guglielmone, AA (2012). "Ornithodoros quilinensis sp. nov. (Acari, Argasidae), a new tick species from the Chacoan region in Argentina". Acta Parasitologica. 57 (3): 329–336. doi:10.2478/s11686-012-0034-5. PMID 22875683.
  9. ^ Labruna, Marcelo B.; Nava, Santiago; Marcili, Arlei; Barbieri, Amalia R. M.; Nunes, Pablo H.; Horta, Mauricio C.; Venzal, José M. (2016). "A new argasid tick species (Acari: Argasidae) associated with the rock cavy, Kerodon rupestris Wied-Neuwied (Rodentia: Caviidae), in a semiarid region of Brazil". Parasites & Vectors. 9 (511): 511. doi:10.1186/s13071-016-1796-7. PMC 5031252. PMID 27655282. open access publication – free to read
  10. ^ Muñoz-Leal, Sebastián; Toledo, Luís Felipe; Venzal, José M.; Marcili, Arlei; Martins, Thiago F.; Acosta, Igor C.L.; Pinter, Adriano; Labruna, Marcelo B. (2017). "Description of a new soft tick species (Acari: Argasidae: Ornithodoros) associated with stream-breeding frogs (Anura: Cycloramphidae: Cycloramphus) in Brazil". Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases. 8 (5): 682–692. doi:10.1016/j.ttbdis.2017.04.015. PMID 28506539.
  11. ^ Kitaoka, Shigeo. & Suzuki, Hiroshi . (1973) Ornithodoros (Alectorobius) sawaii sp. n. (Ixodoidea, Argasidae) associated with the streaked shear-water, Colonectris leucomelas, from the Amami-oshima Islands, Japan. National Institute of Animal Health Quarterly (Tokyo), 13 (3), 142–148; https://europepmc.org/abstract/med/4791252, last accessed 25 Dec 2015
  12. ^ Baltazard, M.; Pournaki, R.; Bahmanyar, M.; Chamsa, M. (1955). "Ornithodorus tartakovskyi Olenev 1931 et Borrelia (Spirochaeta) latychevii Sofiev 1941". Annales de Parasitologie Humaine et Comparée. 30 (3): 225–242. doi:10.1051/parasite/1955303225. open access publication – free to read

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