Male Lyme disease tick, light micrograph

Male Lyme disease tick, light micrograph

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Light micrograph (LM) of a male Ixodes ricinus tick, the principal vector of Lyme disease in Europe. At top centre is the head of the tick with its barbed blood-sucking mouthparts. The tick is common in Europe and attacks humans, domestic and wild animals. Ixodes ricinus carries the spirochaete bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, cause of both Lyme disease and a closely-related disease known as erythema migrans. Both diseases cause skin lesions, neurological and cardiac abnormalities and recurrent arthritis. Magnification: x15 when printed at 10cm wide.

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Keywords: animal, arachnida, chelicerae, fauna, hypostome, invertebrates, ixodes ricinus, light micrograph, lm, lyme disease, male, mouth, mouthparts, mouthparts of adult, nature, pedipalp, tick, tick vector, white background, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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