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Typical tick mouth parts

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Updated April 30, 2006

close up tick mouth parts

Close-up of typical tick mouth parts consisting of a centrally located hypostome, and two lateral segmented palps.

Photo from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Close-up of typical tick mouth parts consisting of a centrally located hypostome, and two lateral segmented palps. A tick's mouth parts include not only the hypostome used to penetrate the skin, and two laterally situated segmented palps, but a pair of chelicerae on the distal end of the hypostome used for penetrating skin as well.

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