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The Mechanism of the so-called ‘Posterior Sucker’ of a Simulium Larva

Naturevolume 120page154 (1927) | Download Citation



IN NATURE of April 23, p. 599, there appears a letter from Dr. Sunder Lal Hora of the Indian Museum, Calcutta, on the subject of the mechanism of the so-called posterior sucker of the Simulium larva, in which he describes the true method of progression of this remarkable larva. In the course of his remarks, Dr. Hora quotes a passage from Tonnoir (Ann. Biol. Lacustre, 11, pp. 163-172; 1923) to the effect that this worker, “not finding any muscles inserted in the middle of the disc, doubted its utility as a true sucker and ascribed the function of attachment to the hooks alone”. He then goes on to discuss Dr. Puri's well-known paper (Parasitology, 17, pp. 295–369; 1925).

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  1. Biological Department, Cawthron Institute, Nelson, N.Z.

    • R. J. TILLYARD


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