Leech body surface, SEM

Leech body surface, SEM

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Credit: MARTIN OEGGERLI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Leech body surface. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the body of a leech (subclass Hirudinea), showing scales. This blood-sucking parasite also has two suckers (not seen), one at each end of its body, which it uses to attach itself to the victim's skin while drinking their blood.

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