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This photomicrograph reveals some of the ultrastructural anatomy found in the siphon tube of a Mansonia uniformis mosquito larva. Here, you’re able to get a good look at the serrated plates ensheathed within the tube. See PHIL 21844, for a depiction of a Mansonia uniformis mosquito larva attached to a plant stem. The chitinous, serrated plates contained within the sheath of the larva’s siphon, are in the shape of a curved saw blade, and are used to pierce an aquatic plant rootlet, unto which it will latch, in order to obtain its oxygen supply, while the larva matures submerged within its aqueous environment.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Harry B. Weinburgh
Creation Date:1967
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CDC Organization
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