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phylum Annelida Hirudo medicinalis, the European medicinal leech, is one of several species used as medicinal leeches. Length can be up to 20 cm. There is a sucker at each end. The posterior sucker is used for leverage. The anterior sucker has the jaw and teeth for feeding on blood, aided by the anticoagulate hirudin. The range is most of Europe and into Asia..

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class Clitellata
order Hirudinida
family Hirudinidae
genus Hirudo
species H. medicinalis