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Related to Ixodidae: Argasidae, family Ixodidae


a family of ticks (superfamily Ixodoidea); the hard ticks.


A family of ticks (order Acarina, suborder Ixodidea), the so-called hard ticks, characterized by rigid body form, presence of a dorsal shield, and an anteriorly projecting capitulum. It includes the genera Ixodes, Hyalomma, Amblyomma, Boophilus, Margaropus, Dermacentor, Haemaphysalis, and Rhipicephalus, species of which transmit many important human and animal diseases and cause tick paralysis; they occasionally attack humans, a few habitually so.
[G. ixōdēs, sticky]


/Ix·od·i·dae/ (iks-od´ĭ-de) a family of ticks (superfamily Ixodoidea), comprising the hard-bodied ticks.


A family of ticks, the so-called hard ticks, genera of which transmit many important human and animal diseases and cause tick paralysis.
[G. ixōdēs, sticky]


A family of ticks, some of which are capable of taking considerable quantities of blood and causing bite infections. Other can transmit diseases such as the allergic tick-bite fever, tick paralysis, tick-borne typhus, Q FEVER and TULARAEMIA.


a family of ticks comprising the hard-bodied ticks.

Patient discussion about Ixodidae

Q. How do people get ticks?

A. when i stayed in the Peruvian jungle for 3 weeks - ticks were the most common parisite we encountered. we finished every day with a set of pincers and a flashlight :) they just stand on the plants waiting for something to pass near. be that a man, a monkey or an ant eater. they don't care, as long as they have blood. the same in cities, they just wait in strategic points until you'll pass along and they'll just jump on you. be sure to use pincers to plunk them, catch their sucking tube and plunk. if not they might leave it in your body and it'll get infected.

Q. I had a tick to bite me a few days ago now I have a headache on and off and feel nauseous and diarrhea My friend had a stomach virus last week is my symptoms coming from the tick or is it a coincidence

A. It sounds like the tick bite is just a coincidence. You probably caught a virus, not necessarily from your friend who was sick, but that's also a possibility. However, if the bad feeling doesn't go away, or your suddenly experience fever spikes, you should see a doctor, because you might have a bacterial infection that will need antibiotics.

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Ixodidae ejercen en el hospedero una accion mecanica, causante de danos ulcerativos en la dermis, mucosa y organos anexos, que pueden ser colonizados por hongos, bacterias o larvas de dipteros (3) o posibilitar la entrada de endoparasitos (4).
Palabras clave: Acari, Ixodidae, larvas, generos, clasificacion.
Tick biology--There are three families of ticks recognized in the world today: (1) Ixodidae (hard ticks), (2) Argasidae (soft ticks), and (3) Nuttalliellidae, a small, curious, little-known group with some characteristics of both hard and soft ticks (Varma, 1993).
Ticks are hematophagous acarines mainly distributed in two major families, Ixodidae (hard tick) and Argasidae (soft tick) (BLACK & PIESMAN, 1994), while only one tick species is present in the Nuttalliellidae family (GUGLIELMONE et al.