Tick mouthparts, SEM

Tick mouthparts, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Tick mouthparts, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). The mouthparts of a tick consist of three visible components. The two outer jointed parts are highly mobile palps. Between the palps, at centre, is a rod-shaped structure, the hypostome. The palps do not enter the skin of the host while the tick is feeding, while the hypostome is inserted into the host's skin. The backward-pointing projections prevent easy removal of the tick. Magnification: x180 when printed at 10 centimetres across.

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Keywords: anatomical, anatomy, animal, arachnid, arachnology, biological, biology, blood sucking, bloodsucker, close-up, coloured, detail, false-coloured, fauna, feeding, hypostome, invertebrate, ixodoidea, mouthpart, mouthparts, nature, palp, palps, scanning electron micrograph, sem, tick, tick mouthparts, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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