Ornithodoros

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Ornithodoros

A genus of soft ticks (family argasidae) several species of which are vectors of pathogens of various relapsing fevers. They are characterised by a capitulum hidden below the hood and by disks and mamillae of the integument that are continuous from dorsal to ventral surfaces in a variety of patterns.

Origin: G. Ornis (ornith-), bird, _ doros, a leather bag