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Leech

Observed: 14th February 2011 By: Graeme
The Anton River Conservation Association
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Leech 14.2.11.Anton Lakes
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Description:

Long leech with spots on back.Think it could stretch to 2cm

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

AquaBugSpotter's picture

Theromyzon tessulatum

...has a diistinct look about it to me. Most apparant in the image where it is squat.

The 4 pairs of vertical central eyes feature rules out most if not all of other species, though they often have a habit of hiding a pair in the midst. Not so here.

Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.
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