New Species Of Leech Found Inside Girl’s NoseApril 16th, 2010 - 8:58 pm ICT by GD
By Gina Gomez
Apr 16, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A two inch long leech was today removed from a young girl’s nose, leading to the discovery of an entirely new species of the blood-sucking animal. Researchers say that this new leech is unique and ferocious at the same time. It has a set of eight large teeth which are placed is a single jaw of the insect. This leech which is usually found in certain regions of the Upper Amazon, was first discovered sticking on the nose of a young girl who was taking bath in the rivers of the Upper Amazon.
Immediately sent to the “American Museum of Natural History”, scientists say that these leeches usually stay in the mouths of animals, especially livestock in Mexico and feed on their blood. Sometimes though these leeches also feed on aquatic animals, staying inside their noses or mouths for weeks. Keeping its enormous teeth in mind the leech has been tentatively named Tyrannobdella rex by the researchers. The name may also have originated from the fact that these leeches have been even present on the earth some 200 million years ago when they must have shared space with the original T-Rex dinosaurs.
The “Tyrant Leech King” is not only armed with large teeth but also dangerous fangs, say researchers of the “American Museum of Natural History”. The creature may be only 2 inches long, but it surely has the power of sucking much more blood than any other leech because of its large teeth which is at least five times larger than the teeth of any insect within the same family.
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