Tick head, light micrograph

Tick head, light micrograph

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Caption: Tick (family Ixodidae) mouthparts, light micrograph. Microscopic contrast method: Epi-Fluorescence, blue excitation. Ticks are blood-sucking parasites of warm-blooded mammals, including humans. They use their sharp mouthparts (right) to pierce the skin. Ticks are vectors for a number of animal and human diseases, including Lyme's disease. Magnification: x100 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.

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