Tiger leeches mating

Tiger leeches mating

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Credit: SINCLAIR STAMMERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Tiger leeches (Haemadipsa picta) mating on a leaf. Each leech has both male and female sexual organs (hermaphrodite). Mating involves two leeches intertwining bodies and depositing sperm in the region of the leech's body where the eggs are located (clitellum). Photographed in the Danum Valley, Conservation Area, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

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