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Notes on the ecology of the Asian medicinal leech Hirudinaria manillensis (Hirudinea: Hirudinidae)



Notes on the ecology of the Asian medicinal leech Hirudinaria manillensis (Hirudinea: Hirudinidae)



Lauterbornia. 15 Maerz; 56: 9-13



An unidentified blood-sucking jawed leech was discovered in a sample of imported annelids at the Leech Farm ZAUG in Biebertal (Germany). The species shows the following characteristics: length of adult animals 130-140 mm, width 10-13 mm, fully extended up to 200 mm long. Dorsal colour dark brown with longitudinal stripes of black and orange pigmentation, ventral side red-orange. Jaws monostichodont with salivary papillae, caudal sucker large, gonopores separated by five annuli; five pairs of eyes. Locus typicus: Dominican Republic, flooded grasslands; most leeches were found attached to the belly and legs of cows, where they suck blood. This leech was found to be identical with the taxon Hirudinaria manillensis Lesson, 1842, also known as the Asian medicinal leech.

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