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Leeches   (Clitellata)
Category: Invertebrates

 

 

While similar in some ways to earthworms, leeches differ in other distinct ways – for example, leeches do not have bristles and have a sucker at each end of their body. Most leeches live in freshwater, though there are terrestrial and saltwater exceptions. They are well known for their adaptation of blood-sucking, though not all species of leech feed this way. Of the ones that do, some species are able to store more than five times their body mass of blood in their digestive system.

 

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Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Annelida
Class - Clitellata

 
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