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terrestrial leech

Description:

Unidentified terrestrial leech flailing (sensing and seeking) in response to my presence. Leeches are segmented worms that belong to the phylum Annelida and comprise the subclass Hirudinea. This specimen is a member of the jawed land leeches. These annelids are known from subtropical and tropical regions around the Indian and Pacific Ocean. There are about 90 land species. < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hirudinea http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haemadipsid... >

Habitat:

Spotted on the forest floor along a transect in secondary coastal lowland mixed freshwater swamp forest/sago swamp forest.

Notes:

These leeches remind me of a miniature elephant trunk that moves position like an inchworm. It is constantly flailing around sensing for a blood source (hence the blurry photograph). This one didn't get me, but his brothers/sisters did (--leeches are hermaphroditic).

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Scott Frazier
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Scott Frazier

Indonesia

Spotted on Jun 14, 2012
Submitted on Jun 19, 2012

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