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Ornithodoros is a genus in the soft-bodied tick family, Argasidae. The Linnean name derives from ornithos (Greek: ὄρνιθος) and doros (Greek: Δωρόν), meaning "bird" and "gift", respectively. It contains these species:[1]

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


Formerly placed hereEdit

Carios erraticus was previously placed here as Ornithodoros erraticus but is now in the genus Carios.


The opening between the midgut and hindgut has been lost, making the ticks unable to pass digestive waste products out of their bodies.[4]


  1. ^ a b Joel Hallan (March 24, 2008). "Argasidae". Catalog of the Acari. Texas A&M University. Retrieved December 18, 2009. 
  2. ^ 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.   
  3. ^ 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.   
  4. ^ Roberts, Larry S.; Janovy, Jr., John (2009). Foundations of Parasitology (8th ed.). McGraw-Hill. p. 647. ISBN 9780073028279. 

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