Freshwater Leech (Hirudo sp.)

Freshwater Leech (Hirudo sp.)

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Caption: Freshwater Leech (Hirudo sp.) on a leaf. Leeches are parasites that feed on blood. They attach themselves to the skin using suckers and create a wound with their three sharp jaw plates. Their saliva contains hirudin, a chemical which prevents the blood from clotting. This leech was found in New York State.

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Keywords: animal, annelid, annelida, aquatic, fauna, freshwater leech, hirudinea, hirudinidae, hirudo, hirudo medicinalis, hirudo sp., invertebrate, invertebrates, leech, leeches, medicinal leech, nature, new york fauna, parasite, wildlife, zoology

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