Otobius megnini
Otobius megnini
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Subclass: Acari
Superorder: Parasitiformes
Order: Ixodida
Family: Argasidae
C. L. Koch, 1844

The Argasidae are the family of soft ticks, one of the two big families of ticks. They lack the hard scutum present in the hard ticks (Ixodidae).[1] The capitulum (mouthparts-bearing structure) is located on the underside of the animal's body and is not readily visible,[1] while in the Ixodidae the capitulum projects forward from the body. The family contains 193 species, although the composition of the genera is less certain, and more study is needed before the genera can become stable.[2] The currently accepted genera are Antricola, Argas, Nothoaspis, Ornithodoros, and Otobius.[2]

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  1. 1 2 D. H. Molyneux (1993). "Vectors". In Francis E. G. Cox. Modern parasitology: a textbook of parasitology (2nd ed.). Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 53–74. ISBN 978-0-632-02585-5.
  2. 1 2 Alberto A. Guglielmone; Richard G. Robbing; Dmitry A. Apanaskevich; Trevor N. Petney; Agustín Estrada-Peña; Ivan G. Horak; Renfu Shao; Stephen C. Barker (2010). "The Argasidae, Ixodidae and Nuttalliellidae (Acari: Ixodida) of the world: a list of valid species names" (PDF). Zootaxa. 2528: 1–28.

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