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6 May 2019 A new record of Ornithodoros (Pavlovskyella) verrucosus (Acari: Argasidae) from a porcupine burrow in western Iran
Asadollah Hosseini-Chegeni, Majid Tavakoli, Habibollah Koshki, Javad Khedri
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Abstract

We found an Ornithodoros species with distinct morphological characteristics than Alveonasus genus and other O. (Pavlovskyella) species group. Tick specimens were collected from a porcupine burrow, located in Lorestan province, western Iran. Genomic DNA of tick was extracted using CTAB and then three gene fragments of cytochrome oxidase subunit I (COI) and 16S mtDNA & 18S rDNA were amplified by PCR. Tick specimens were identified as near to O. (P.) verrucosus and O. (P.) tholozani. So the identification was confirmed by BLAST analysis of 16S mtDNA & 18S rDNA and COI gene fragments. A taxonomic key to the native adult subfamily Ornithodorinae species of Iran are provided to facilitate their identification.

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Asadollah Hosseini-Chegeni, Majid Tavakoli, Habibollah Koshki, and Javad Khedri "A new record of Ornithodoros (Pavlovskyella) verrucosus (Acari: Argasidae) from a porcupine burrow in western Iran," Systematic and Applied Acarology 24(5), 771-781, (6 May 2019). https://doi.org/10.11158/saa.24.5.4
Received: 8 February 2019; Accepted: 10 April 2019; Published: 6 May 2019
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