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Soft Tick or Argas persicus Males usually lack the anterior conscutum which are wavy like grooves<br />
f/4, 100 ISO, 3.5x, 32 shots<br />
Leather like back<br />
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Ventral view showing mouth parts, genital slit, anus and spiracle plates<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/140915/soft_tick_or_argus_persicus_ventral_side.html" title="Soft Tick or Argus persicus ventral side"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/5803/140915_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1672876810&Signature=sqnPcEdi%2FWhDgMsb0UTEEUEe16g%3D" width="200" height="142" alt="Soft Tick or Argus persicus ventral side f5.6, 24 steps at 58microns, 100 ISO, 1/6 sec.<br />
Note:<br />
-the genital aperture. Slit below the mouth parts<br />
-right and left spiracle on protuberance between legs 3 and 4<br />
-anus is the ovoid shape in the centerline below the hind legs<br />
-usually no eyes Argas persicus,Argus persicus,Geotagged,Summer,United States" /></a></figure><br />
Lateral view showing the sutural line<br />
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f5.6, 4X, 54 steps at 58&micro;m, 100 ISO, .6 sec  Argas persicus,Argus persicus,Geotagged,Summer,United States" /></a></figure> Argas persicus,Geotagged,Summer,United States,tick Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Soft Tick or Argas persicus

Males usually lack the anterior conscutum which are wavy like grooves
f/4, 100 ISO, 3.5x, 32 shots
Leather like back

Soft Tick or Argas persicus leather like back f/2.8, 5X, ISO 100,19µm step length, 29 shots Argas persicus,Geotagged,Summer,United States

Ventral view showing mouth parts, genital slit, anus and spiracle plates
Soft Tick or Argus persicus ventral side f5.6, 24 steps at 58microns, 100 ISO, 1/6 sec.<br />
Note:<br />
-the genital aperture. Slit below the mouth parts<br />
-right and left spiracle on protuberance between legs 3 and 4<br />
-anus is the ovoid shape in the centerline below the hind legs<br />
-usually no eyes Argas persicus,Argus persicus,Geotagged,Summer,United States

Lateral view showing the sutural line
Soft Tick or Argas persicus  lateral side showing the sutural line<br />
f5.6, 4X, 54 steps at 58µm, 100 ISO, .6 sec  Argas persicus,Argus persicus,Geotagged,Summer,United States

    comments (2)

  1. This is really awesome! Did you randomly find it or was it on a host? Soft ticks are so cryptic and there aren't that many great diagnostic images online. I was wondering if you still have the specimen? If yes, could you try to get a lateral shot (just of its side, which would show the sutural line) and a ventral shot? Both would be really beneficial, but if not, no worries. It's a super cool observation! Posted 2 months ago
    1. Definitely can get the ventral side but not sure about the sutural line. I'll give it a go. Posted 2 months ago

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''Argas persicus'', also known as fowl tick or poultry tick, is a small soft-bodied tick that is found primarily on domestic fowl such as chickens, ducks, and geese. It was first recorded by Lorenz Oken in 1818 in Mianeh, Persia, and named ''Rhynochoprion persicum''.

''Argas persicus'' appears yellowish-brown when starved and slatey-blue when engorged. They are found on an animal host, in cracks and crevices of buildings or in nests.

They are also carriers of the spirochete.. more

Similar species: Ticks
Species identified by William Bodine
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Uploaded Sep 12, 2022. Captured Sep 12, 2022 13:39 in 4 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201, USA.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • f/1.0
  • 1/12s
  • ISO100
  • 50mm