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Functional morphology of tarsal adhesive pads and attachment ability in ticks Ixodes ricinus (Arachnida, Acari, Ixodidae)

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Experimental Biology, May 2017
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Title
Functional morphology of tarsal adhesive pads and attachment ability in ticks Ixodes ricinus (Arachnida, Acari, Ixodidae)
Published in
Journal of Experimental Biology, May 2017
DOI 10.1242/jeb.152942
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Dagmar Voigt, Stanislav Gorb

Abstract

The presence of well-developed, elastic claws on ticks and widely pilose hosts led us to hypothesise that ticks are mostly adapted to attachment and locomotion on rough, strongly corrugated and hairy, felt-like substrates. However, by using a combination of morphological and experimental approaches, we visualised the ultrastructure of attachment devices of Ixodes ricinus and showed that this species adheres more strongly to smooth surfaces than to rough ones. Between paired, elongated, curved, elastic claws, I. ricinus bears a large, flexible, foldable adhesive pad, which represents an adaptation to adhesion on smooth surfaces. Accordingly, ticks attached strongest to glass and to surface profiles similar to those of the human skin, generating safety factors (attachment force relative to body weight) up to 534 (females). Considerably lower attachment force was found on silicone substrates and as a result of thanatosis after jolting.

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Geographical breakdown

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Unknown 25 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 24%
Researcher 5 20%
Student > Master 4 16%
Student > Doctoral Student 2 8%
Professor 1 4%
Other 2 8%
Unknown 5 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 12 48%
Materials Science 2 8%
Medicine and Dentistry 2 8%
Chemistry 1 4%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 1 4%
Other 1 4%
Unknown 6 24%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 167. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 09 March 2019.
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#115,054
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