Adaptations of Leeches in Parasitic Life

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What is the function of hirudin in leeches?

It prevents blood coagulation to maintain a continuous blood supply

How do leeches attach themselves to the body of a host vertebrate?

Using suckers located at both ends of their body

Why do leeches not need elaborate secretion of digestive juices and enzymes?

Since their crop stores blood for nourishment over several months

Learn about the adaptations of leeches for their parasitic mode of life, including how they suck blood, attach to hosts, create wounds, and prevent blood coagulation. Explore the unique structures and functions that help leeches thrive as parasites.

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