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Eggs from the largest fly in Africa, the rhinoceros bot fly, Gyrostigma rhinocerontis, are clearly visible on the skin of a black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) in South Africa. The fly's larvae hatch and migrate to the stomach, where they attach to the stomach wall. When mature, they are ejected within feces and pupate into nonfeeding adults that survive for just a few days. The photograph was taken during the translocation of black rhino for conservation and range expansion. Translocations may act as significant parasite bottlenecks, restricting parasite recolonization within newly created host populations. In their article, Andrew Stringer and Wayne Linklater discuss the importance of conserving parasites, which may in some cases justify establishing refugia. Photograph: Andrew Stringer.
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