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This may be more of a rant. I just couldn't believe it when this one came up. If you go to the Askmen website for Saturday (today) the fact of the day tells you that mosquitos have 47 teeth. Now, normally I take their "facts" with a grain of salt, as I've seen some obvious ones (the duck echo) but I've never bothered to call them on it.
However, having just completed a university course in entomology, I checked my notes and my textbook. If any entomologist has found teeth (not mouthparts, but enamel-covered teeth) I would be VERY surprised and wondering WHY this was not mentioned in any paper I've read, journal I've seen, or class I've taken. I could see on some of the jaw mandibles, the bumps and ridges calling them "teeth" however horribly wrong it may be, but on a MOSQUITO? They have a long sharp tube, and that's it. There's no biting, chewing, anything that requires teeth. It's BLOOD!(or fruit juice).
I sent them a quick email (probably quicker than I should have) and now I have to go talk to my professor and tell him that he's been shown up by a lad's-mag website.

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This site says it comes from "The Book Of Facts" by Isaac Asimov.

USA Today states that mosquitos have four sets of serrated teeth.

"You learn something new every day if you're not careful" - Wilf Lunn

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