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Posted on Tuesday, April 20 - 2010

A new species of giant leech with vicious teeth was discovered when it was removed from a girl"s nose.The aptly named Tyrannobdella rex is found in the Amazon and was first encountered three years ago when one of them was plucked from a girl"s nose after she"d bathed in a river. It is thought there could be almost 20 times as many species of leechin the world than have so far been identified by science.

Tyrannobdella rex, which means tyrant leech king, is less than two inches long and lives in the remote parts of the Upper Amazon. It has 8 large teeth lining a single jaw and was discovered three years ago in Perú when a 44. 5mm leech was plucked from the nose of a girl who had recently been bathing in a river.

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