Male Lyme disease tick, light micrograph

Male Lyme disease tick, light micrograph

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Caption: Male Lyme disease tick. Light micrograph (LM) of an 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, black background, chelicerae, fauna, hypostome, invertebrates, ixodes ricinus, light micrograph, lm, lyme disease, male, mouth, mouthparts, mouthparts of adult, nature, pedipalp, tick, tick vector, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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