THE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF THE LIGHT ORGAN IN FIREFLIES

@article{Buck1948THEAA,
  title={THE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF THE LIGHT ORGAN IN FIREFLIES},
  author={John B. Buck},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
  year={1948},
  volume={49}
}
  • John B. Buck
  • Published 1 April 1948
  • Medicine
  • Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
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