What is a proboscis?

What is a proboscis?

A proboscis is a long, tubular, flexible nose of an animal that is used for smelling, sucking, or grasping.

The proboscis of an elephant is its trunk.

Butterfly's proboscis

Butterfly’s proboscis

The proboscis of an insect, such as a butterfly or moth, is a mouthpart used for sucking up nectar from flowers and plants.

 

Elephant's Trunk

Elephant’s Trunk

Brazilian Tapir

Brazilian Tapir

 

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

 

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