On the termination of ingestive behaviour by the medicinal leech.

@article{Lent1987OnTT,
  title={On the termination of ingestive behaviour by the medicinal leech.},
  author={Charles M. Lent and Michael H. Dickinson},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={1987},
  volume={131},
  pages={1-15}
}
Hungry leeches, Hirudo medicinalis, ingest blood meals averaging 890% of their mass in 29 min. Ingestion is terminated as a result of distension of the body: experimentally distending leeches as they feed causes an immediate cessation of ingestion and inhibits any subsequent biting behaviour; if distension is circumvented by various experimental procedures, leech ingestive periods are prolonged significantly. Ingestion is not terminated as a result of fatigue, chemical cues or mass change… CONTINUE READING
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