Tiger leech

Tiger leech

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Credit: SINCLAIR STAMMERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Tiger leech (Haemadipsa picta) on a leaf. Its anterior end is folded beneath itself. This predatory annelid worm feeds on the blood of other organisms. To establish itself on a host, it attaches itself to a leaf using a posterior sucker and extends the rest of its body out. When it detects a passing host it drops from the leaf and attaches itself to its host using an oral sucker. Photographed in the Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

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