TitleFIRST FOSSIL SOFT TICKS, ORNITHODOROS-ANTIQUUS N-SP (ACARI, ARGASIDAE) IN DOMINICAN AMBER WITH EVIDENCE OF THEIR MAMMALIAN HOST
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsPoinar, GO
JournalExperientia
Volume51
Pagination384-387
Type of ArticleJournal Article
ISSN0014-4754
Abstract

A male and female soft tick, Ornithodoros antiguus n. sp. (Acari: Argasidae) from Dominican Republic amber are described. This represents the first description of a fossil soft tick. The fossils share characters with members of the subgenera Pavlovskyella and Alectorobius but differ from extant members in a combination of characters. It is postulated that O. antiquus lived with its mammalian host (probably a rodent) in a cavity of the resin-bearing tree (Hymenaea protera: Fabaceae) some 30-40 million years ago.

URL<Go to ISI>://WOS:A1995QU26800016
DOI10.1007/bf01928900