Centipede hind coxa "flame thrower" + new image

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Centipede hind coxa "flame thrower" + new image

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If you know what it is, you know where it's from
If you know where it's from you may not know what if does.

Answer next week in the January 2012 issue of Micscape magazine (due Jan 13)
http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/index_body.html
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In case anyone is interested in guessing what this is the following clue should help:

analogous to a modification that was found (maybe still is) on some South African cars
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Post by canonian »

NikonUser wrote:analogous to a modification that was found (maybe still is) on some South African cars
I can see some resemblance with a bull bar but am still guessing its origin:

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I believe the modification was unique to South Africa.
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No man can be truly called an entomologist,
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Is there sudh a thing as a dragon bug and this is its nostrils?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDrzMGdYWZc

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Chris, You essentially got it.
No such dragon bug but Centipedes have these 'flame throwers' on the basal joint of the back legs. If they take a dislike to you they will shoot toxic sticky fluids at you. In both cases, cars and centipedes, they are predator deterrents.
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Post by ChrisR »

The 3D quality of your image shows the directionality of those "ports" beautifully.
Does the material (chitin?) just happen to be the right transparency for that? That would be too lucky, surely.

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ChrisR wrote:The 3D quality of your image shows the directionality of those "ports" beautifully.
Does the material (chitin?) just happen to be the right transparency for that? That would be too lucky, surely.
Any further comments would negate the upcoming (next week) article in Micscape Magazine. All will be revealed then :)
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Article published
http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/art ... ipedes.pdf

Another image from the article
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” Not quite so ambitious as that, sir. I should like to put my eyes on the individual entitled to that name.
No man can be truly called an entomologist,
sir; the subject is too vast for any single human intelligence to grasp.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr
The Poet at the Breakfast Table.

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Congratulations & thanks for the excellent article -- I have learned much!

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