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Proboscis


A Syrphid Fly using its proboscis to feed on the nectar of a flower.
A Syrphid Fly using its proboscis to feed
on the nectar of a flower.


A Proboscis is an elongated appendage on the head of an animal.


Commonly found in invertebrates, such as insects, worms and gastropod molluscs, the proboscis is used as a long, slender, tubular feeding organ to suck fluids.


Vertebrates with some form of proboscis include elephants, tapirs, elephant shrews, aardvarks, numbats and proboscis monkeys.

 


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