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Researchers Identify Novel Long-Tongued Fly Species
The discovery that what was long believed to be one fly species is actually two deepens researchers’ understanding of plant-pollinator relationships in a unique habitat in southern Africa.
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Researchers Identify Novel Long-Tongued Fly Species
Researchers Identify Novel Long-Tongued Fly Species

The discovery that what was long believed to be one fly species is actually two deepens researchers’ understanding of plant-pollinator relationships in a unique habitat in southern Africa.

The discovery that what was long believed to be one fly species is actually two deepens researchers’ understanding of plant-pollinator relationships in a unique habitat in southern Africa.

ABOVE: florent grenier

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