Ornithodoros kelleyi

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Ornithodoros kelleyi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Subclass: Acari
Order: Ixodida
Family: Argasidae
Genus: Ornithodoros
Species: O. kelleyi
Binomial name
Ornithodoros kelleyi
Cooley & Kohls, 1941[1]

Ornithodoros kelleyi is an argasid tick parasite of bats found widely throughout North America in caves and other natural and man-made features that harbor bats.[2] The species has not been shown to be a major vector of pathogens.[3]


  1. ^ Robert Allen Cooley & Glen Milton Kohls (1941). "Three new species of Ornithodoros". Public Health Reports. 56: 587–594. 
  2. ^ Robert Allen Cooley & Glen Milton Kohls (1944). The Argasidae of North America, Central America and Cuba. American Midland Naturalist Monographs. 1. University of Notre Dame Press. pp. 113–117. 
  3. ^ Will K. Reeves; Daniel G. Streicker; Amanda D. Loftis & Gregory A. Dasch (2006). "Serologic survey of Eptesicus fuscus from Georgia, U.S.A. for Rickettsia and Borrelia and laboratory transmission of a Rickettsia by bat ticks" (PDF). Journal of Vector Ecology. 31 (2): 386–389. doi:10.3376/1081-1710(2006)31[386:SSOEFF]2.0.CO;2. PMID 17249357.