Rahul Sharma

Argas walkerae

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Arachnida
Superorder  Parasitiformes
Rank  Species
Phylum  Arthropoda
Subclass  Acari
Order  Ixodida
Similar  Argas, Argas polonicus, Argas persicus, Amblyomma hebraeum, Otobius megnini

Argas walkerae Kaiser & Hoogstraal, 1969, as its common name "fowl tampan" reflects, is a soft-bodied argasid tick primarily parasitizing chickens and other domestic fowl. In South Africa its natural range spans the eastern region of Eastern Cape Province from the warmer coastal regions on the Indian Ocean in the south to the cooler mountainous Drakensberg range in the northeast of the Province, with local distribution more strongly associated with the presence of fowls and wooden fowl houses, than climate alone.

The specific epithet honors the scientific contributions of Dr. Jane Brotherton Walker.

References

Argas walkerae Wikipedia


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