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A. Anal groove
B. Anus
Anal groove Depression or groove forming an anterior or posterior loop around the anus (see anatomy)

Ventrally posterially situated structure ending of the gut
(see anatomy)

Tick Biology Information relating to geographical location, habitat, hosts targeted...
Basis capituli Attaches head to body (see anatomy)

A. Capitulum
C. Basis capituli
  can be various shapes, such as
  rectangular or hexagonal. Usually
  comprises porose areas like eyes
  (see anatomy)
Capitulum Head or mouthpart of the tick made up of
  palpi (see anatomy) and three segments or
  articles (see anatomy)
Coxa Base of the legs, attachment to body (see anatomy)
Diapause State of dormancy of insects.
Dorsally View from abover

A. Eyes
Eyes Are present at margin
  of scutum (see anatomy)

A. Festoons
Festoons Wrinkles located at the bottom
  of the back (see anatomy)

A. Genital apron
B. Genital groove
C. Anus
D. Anal groove
E. Postanal median groove

Genitalia Reproductive organ of the tick
  (see anatomy1 & 2), composed of
  the genital apron (A),
  genital groove (B),
  anal groove (D), postanal
  median groove (E) and
  the anus (C)
Haller's organ Sensory structure sensitive to humidity and odors situated at the tip
  of the first tarsus of the first walking leg (see anatomy)
Hypostome Extension of the basis capituli,

A. Article II of palpi
B. Article III of palpi
C. Hypostome
  found between palpi
  (see anatomy)
Articles Or segments of palpi or legs
(see anatomy)
Palpi Part of mouthpart made up
  of four segments
  (see anatomy)  
Idiosoma Body of tick or mites
Nidicolous Tick that inhabits hosts nest after hatching
One-host tick Tick species where all stages live and molt on the same host,
eggs are laid on the ground (eg Rhipicephalus spp and Hyalomma spp)

A. Pulvilli
B. Claws
Pulvilli Pads present at the end of
  the legs (see anatomy)
Claws At the end of pads (see anatomy)
  help tick to attach to host
Scutum Hard shield found on the back

A. Female scutum
B. Body
  of the tick.
  Expands over the whole back in
  males, but only 1/3 of the back
  in females (see anatomy)
Spurs Pointed structures found at base of coxa (see anatomy)
Three-host Tick species where all three stages target different hosts.
tick Eggs are laid on ground (eg Ixodes spp, Amblyomma spp,
  Dermacentor spp, Haemaphysalis spp, Rhipicephalus bursa)
  the eggs that are laid and hatch on the ground (eg Boophilus spp).
Tick paralysis Injection of neurotoxins by the tick whilst it feeds, that leads to
  neuro-muscular problems
Two-host tick Tick species where Larva and Nymph share the same host, but the
  adult stage reproduces and feeds on a separate host.
Ventrally Ventral view or seen from below