An overview of systematics and evolution of ticks.

  title={An overview of systematics and evolution of ticks.},
  author={Santiago Nava and Alberto Alejandro Guglielmone and Atilio J. Mangold},
  journal={Frontiers in bioscience},
All species of ticks (Acari: Ixodida) are grouped into three families: Argasidae (186 species), Ixodidae (692 species) and Nuttalliellidae (monotypic). Molecular markers have been developed and applied for tick studies along with conventional techniques. The origin of ticks is during the pre-mid Cretaceous period (with both the Argasidae and Ixodidae being established in the middle Cretaceous). Primeval hosts were probably reptiles or amphibians. The Argasidae contains two to five subfamilies… CONTINUE READING

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