The leech Placobdella ornata was observed feeding from the blood sinuses of the plastron and carapace bones of Chelydra serpentina and Chrysemys picta. Evidence of successful feeding included blood upwelling from the point of attachment and gastric ceca of the leeches freshly filled with blood after removal. There was an apparent preference for the sulci between scales of the shell.
Research Article| October 01 2004
Observations on the Leech Placobdella ornata Feeding From Bony Tissues of Turtles
Mark E. Siddall;
J Parasitol (2004) 90 (5): 1186–1188.
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Mark E. Siddall, Eugene S. Gaffney; Observations on the Leech Placobdella ornata Feeding From Bony Tissues of Turtles. J Parasitol 1 October 2004; 90 (5): 1186–1188. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-277R
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