1. 1.

    Adult ticks (Ornithodorus moubata Murray, Acari, Argasidae) were fed on human blood at 37 °C in a beaker covered with chicken skin.

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    14C-labelled inulin and 3-o-[14CH3]glucose were rapidly cleared from haemolymph to coxal fluid; the coxal tubule appeared not to reabsorb either substance. Glucose was reabsorbed from tubular fluid via a phlorrhizin-sensitive mechanism. Reabsorption of amino acids varied between 0 and 90% but was greatest for those amino acids which were scarce in the meal.

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    During normal feeding conditions, there was positive correlation between haemocoelic hydrostatic pressure and rate of coxal fluid excretion.

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    Unilateral cannulation of a coxal organ so as to eliminate back pressure of a valve at the coxal orifice led to a twofold increase in rate of coxal fluid production compared to the contralateral side.

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    The above data confirm that coxal fluid excretion occurs by a filtration-resorption mechanism.

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