Coloured SEM of a tsetse fly's proboscis

Coloured SEM of a tsetse fly's proboscis

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Caption: Tsetse fly's proboscis. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the proboscis of the tsetse fly, Glossina sp.. This parasite transmits Trypan- osoma protozoa, of which T. gambiense & T. rhodesiense cause sleeping sickness in humans. The proboscis, which is used to pierce the skin of its victims to suck blood, is seen here within its protective sheath. Both male & female flies are bloodsuckers. They live in tropical Africa in a variety of habitats, from forest to river banks to savanna. Magnification: x300 at 6x6cm size.

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Keywords: animal, fly, fly vector, glossina sp., insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, proboscis, sleeping sickness, trypanosoma, tsetse, tsetse fly, typanosomiasis, wildlife, zoology

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