Friday, November 11, 2011

Relative Of The Tick Rediscovered

There may be more than 14,000 species of insects or arachnids that feed on blood, including ticks. There are two varieties of tick, soft ticks with leathery skin and mouth parts on their bellies, and hard ticks with a tough shield on their backs and mouth parts on the front of their bodies. Now after a long thirty year search a third type of tick has been rediscovered that combines features from both the soft & hard ticks. That this third tick is also a blood sucker suggests that all three types share a common ancestor, also a blood sucker that probably died out 250 million years ago after the Permian extinction, perhaps when it's usual host went extinct. 

For ticks visit your local doctor, but for your pest control contact Capybara Pest Control


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