Argas polonicus Siuda, Hoogstraal, Clifford and Wassef, 1979 (Fig. 6)

  • T. N. PetneyEmail author
  • M. P. Pfäffle
  • A. Estrada-Peña


Argas polonicus is a parasite of rock pigeons (Columba livia). It was first found in Krakow, Poland, where trumpeters of St. Mary’s Church were frequently bitten by this tick when their hosts were driven from their resting places. Molecular and biochemical tests based on cuticular hydrocarbon composition supported the early morphological observations reporting this tick as a new species.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. N. Petney
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. P. Pfäffle
    • 2
  • A. Estrada-Peña
    • 3
  1. 1.State Museum of Natural HistoryKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.Department of Ecology and ParasitologyInstitute of Zoology, Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany
  3. 3.Department of Animal HealthFaculty of Veterinary MedicineZaragozaSpain

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