DR TONY BRAIN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR TONY BRAIN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
False-colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a female specimen of the mosquito species Anopheles gambiae. The females of this species are carriers of the malaria parasite, Plasmodium sp.. The SEM shows the mosquito's belly swollen after a meal of human blood. The female is distinguished from the male of the species by the relative sparseness of the bristles on her antennae. Magnification: x8 at 35mm size.
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