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Proboscis

proboscis

1. (Science: zoology) A hollow organ or tube attached to the head, or connected with the mouth, of various animals, and generally used in taking food or drink; a snout; a trunk.

The proboscis of an elephant is a flexible muscular elongation of the nose. The proboscis of insects is usually a chitinous tube formed by the modified maxillae, or by the labium.

2. (Science: zoology) By extension, applied to various tubelike mouth organs of the lower animals that can be everted or protruded.

The proboscis of annelids and of mollusks is usually a portion of the pharynx that can be everted or protruded. That of nemerteans is a special long internal organ, not connected with the mouth, and not used in feeding, but capable of being protruded from a pore in the head.

3. The nose. Proboscis monkey.

Origin: L. Fr. Gr.; before _ to feed, graze.


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... Wow dgm! Sorry for the delay. Been busy. The body and legs are right, but the one in the picture looks more like a horn than proboscis, and I would have noticed the two lower prongs. Surely that isn't a British species? I saw one on the box that looked like the one I saw, ...

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by animartco
Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:58 pm
 
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: strange beetle
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Re: strange beetle

... suggestion but I don't think there is a shieldbug with a smooth shiny domed black body. It looked most like a tiny timarcha but with this single proboscis instead of antennae. If there were antennae they weren't very noticeable. I wish I'd got a photo, but I was on the phone at the time and it ...

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by animartco
Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:22 am
 
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: strange beetle
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Beetle identification

Oh Wow! I just came on this site to look for an ID for a similar beetle, just like yours a small rounded black beetle with a long proboscis. I don't see the proboscis of yours unless it is bent under the body? The one I saw had a long thin proboscis like a hoverfly that was longer than ...

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by animartco
Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:32 pm
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Beetle identification
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strange beetle

... beetle about a quarter of an inch, one of those rounded ones that cling to your hand. It was black and very ordinary looking except that it had a proboscis a little longer than it's body. It was long thin and lightly curved. Looked like a hover fly proboscis. Can anyone identify please?

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by animartco
Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:34 pm
 
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: strange beetle
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Beetle identification

Can you help me identify this beetle? I found it floating in our pool. it appears to have a proboscis and I thought I saw a thin white band along the edge of the front of its shell. thanks in advance for your help! :D

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by Greylan
Thu May 02, 2013 1:47 am
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Beetle identification
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