[German version] In the Ixodides family of eyeless parasitic mites, chiefly the sheep tick,
Ixodes ricinus, ὁ κροτών/
krotṓn (or κρότων;
krótōn) in Hom. Od. 17,300, in Aristot. Hist. an. 5,31,557a 17 f. κυνορραιστής/
ricinus, according to Plin. HN 30,82 the '
the most hideous of animals' (
foedissimum animalium). The female buries itself into the skin of infested mammals such as dogs, sheep and goats (Cato Agr. 96,2; Gp. 18,16), oxen (Colum. 6,2,6) and pigs (Plin. HN 30,84), as well as humans (cf. Hom. Od. 17,300; Columel…