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Ornithodoros savignyi (Eyed tampan; African eyed tampan; Sand tampan)

Language: Afrikaans; Arabic

Wikipedia Abstract

Ornithodoros savignyi (Audouin, 1827) aka Sand tampan or African eyed tampan or Kalahari sand tampan, is one of some 37 species in the genus Ornithodoros and is a soft tick with a leathery, mammillated integument, causing paralysis and tampan toxicosis, two unrelated conditions. The sand tampan is an ectoparasite on humans, their livestock and wild animals, including birds and bats. Occurring in semi-desert areas of Africa, Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Persian Gulf, India, Sri Lanka and into Asia, it is able to survive for lengthy periods without feeding, spending most of its life burrowed under sand or loose soil, often in wait for animals that rest or sleep under trees or in the lee of rocks, but also in places where people or their animals congregate such as marketplaces, places
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Prey / Diet

Bos taurus (cow)[1]
Homo sapiens (man)[1]


Egypt, Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Israel, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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