The Argasidae of North America, Central America and Cuba

By R. A. Cooley and Glen M. Kohls. 3 p. 1., 152 p., 57 fig., 14 pl. (The American Midland Naturalist Monograph. No. 1.) The University Press, Notre Dame, Ind., 1944

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This compact volume, constituting Monograph No. 1 of the American Midland Naturalist, contains a wealth of information about the soft ticks of North and Central America. It fills a long-standing need for an adequate and up-to-date taxonomic treatise on this important group of arthropods in the New World. The authors, who are eminently qualified for the difficult task involved, have done an admirable piece of work which may well serve as a model in the exacting and fundamental field of taxonomy. Clarity, conciseness, and completeness in both text and illustrations are evidence of thorough digestion and evaluation of the many details that must be considered in the preparation of useful descriptions of a large series of closely similar species.

The authors recognize, within the area covered, four genera and twenty-four species in the family Argasidae. The genotypes are fully described, including the Old World Ornithodoros savignyi.

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