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Leech with young

Leech with young

C030/0745

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30.1 MB (1.3 MB compressed)

3615 x 2915 pixels

30.7 x 24.6 cm ⏐ 12.1 x 9.7 in (300dpi)

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SINCLAIR STAMMERS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SINCLAIR STAMMERS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Duck leech (Theromyzon tessulatum) carrying its brood of juvenile leeches. This is an example of maternal behaviour, where up to 200 young leeches stay attached to the parent leech, absorbing nutrients through the ventral surface. This leech was found in a pond in Newcastle Emlyn, Wales, UK.

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