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Author:
Derek S. Sikes

Location:
Rinca Island

State:
Flores

Country:
Indonesia

Caption:
Although the dragon was described in 1911, there is a tick species that is host-specific: Ixodidae-Amblyomma komodoense (Oudemans, 1928) [Formerly Aponomma <2002] which was described in 1928. As far as ticks go, this is one of the more attractive species I've seen. It also makes the dragon all the more interesting to me because the dragon is involved in a complex set of relationships with other organisms, from the bacteria in their saliva to these ticks.
 
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