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14 Topic Pages Found in Animals & Veterinary Medicine and starting with the letter L
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ladybird beetle

or ladybug, member of a cosmopolitan beetle family with over 4,000 species, including 350 species in the United States. Ladybird beetles are mostly

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lamprey

name for several primitive marine and freshwater jawless fishes of the order Petromyzontiformes. As in the other jawless fish, the hagfish , the adult

Lancelet

name for small, fishlike lower chordate (see Chordata ), also called amphioxus; it shows many affinities with the vertebrates. There are about 30

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leafhopper

common name for small, wedge-shaped leaping insects, cosmopolitan in distribution, belonging to the family Cicadellidae, which comprises some 5,500

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lemming

name for several species of mouselike rodents related to the voles . All live in arctic or northern regions, inhabiting tundra or open meadows. They

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lemur

( lē'mər ), name for prosimians, or lower primates , of two related families, found only on Madagascar and adjacent islands. Lemurs have monkeylike

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Leopard

large carnivore of the cat family, Panthera pardus, widely distributed in Africa and Asia. It is commonly yellow, buff, or gray, patterned with black

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Liver disease

The liver is a vital organ in the body that plays a central role in human health including detoxification of ingested substances, lipid metabolism,

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Lizard

a reptile of the order Squamata, which also includes the snake . Lizards form the suborder Sauria, and there are over 3,000 lizard species distributed

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Llamas

Domesticated South American lamoid (See: alpaca ), maintained in herds in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, and Argentina. The llama ( Lama glama ) is