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Family Ixodidae - Hard Tick Mouthparts

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This is an Portuguese Hard Tick´s unpublished image, taken on a Parasitology class, at Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon. Here we can see the three mouthparts components: the highly mobile palps are the two outside jointed parts ; the center rod-shaped structure, the hypostome, is protected by are chelicerae.
 
 

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