Ornithodoros savignyi

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Ornithodoros savignyi (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Alan R. Walker
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Ornithodoros savignyi (Audouin) - (sand tampan)

The tick is a pest of cattle, camels and donkeys in semi-arid and arid regions of Africa and western Asia. Heavy infestations can cause paralysis and fatal toxicosis. The tick has been also found to carry Borrelia disease agents and viruses and is considered a vector of relapsing fever in livestock. The tick may also bite humans.