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Old 04-20-2010, 07:33 PM   #1
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Default The New T. Rex: A Leech With an Affinity for Noses

The New T. Rex: A Leech With an Affinity for Noses
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Apr. 15, 2010

The new T. rex: A leech with an affinity for noses
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The new T. rex has ferociously large teeth lining a single jaw. But its length is less than 2 inches. Tyrannobdella rex, which means tyrant leech king, is a new species of blood sucker that lives in the remote parts of the Upper Amazon. Although its regular host remains unknown, it was discovered three years ago in Perú when a 44.5 millimeter leech was plucked from the nose of a girl who had recently been bathing in a river.

The new species, described in PLoS ONE, has led to revising the group of leeches that has a habit of feeding from body orifices of...
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That's moderately horrifying, but if you really want to get creeped out by South American wildlife, do a Google search for info on the Candiru catfish.

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Oh the pain.... the pain.... Candiru - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I got one for ya to check out, Wuchereria bancrofti.
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Oh the pain.... the pain.... Candiru - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I got one for ya to check out, Wuchereria bancrofti.
I've heard of Elephantiasis, but didn't know what caused it. Very interesting and horrifying. Even reading about internal parasites seriously creeps me out.

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