Soft Tick or Argus persicus ventral side
f5.6, 24 steps at 58microns, 100 ISO, 1/6 sec.
-the genital aperture. Slit below the mouth parts
-right and left spiracle on protuberance between legs 3 and 4
-anus is the ovoid shape in the centerline below the hind legs
-usually no eyes
''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