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Yellow dung fly tongue, SEM

Yellow dung fly tongue, SEM

Z340/0872

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4110 x 4236 pixels

34.8 x 35.8 cm ⏐ 13.7 x 14.1 in (300dpi)

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STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Yellow dung fly tongue. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the mouthparts of a yellow dung fly (Scatophaga stercoraria). At centre is the proboscis (pink) and at upper left and right are sensory palps (yellow). Flies do not have a muscular tongue like humans, but the tip of their proboscis has a similar sensory function. Research has shown that flies are able to taste a wide variety of flavours, and are especially adept at distinguishing between bitter flavours. Magnification: x180 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.

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