A new species of ectoparasitic glossiphoniid leech was found feeding on frogs in the Nature Center Pond and elsewhere in Deschutes County, Oregon. The new species of Placobdella resembles the southern alligator leech, Placobdella multilineata Moore, 1953, notwithstanding their vast geographic separation in North America. The new species is readily distinguished by possessing subdivided annuli, by its papillation and pigmentation patterns as well as by the arrangement of ovarian tissues. There is strong evidence of nocturnality and of the potential for parasitizing humans.
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Research Article| August 01 2006
A NEW SPECIES OF GLOSSIPHONIID LEECH FROM RANA PRETIOSA (AMPHIBIA: RANIDAE) IN OREGON
Mark E. Siddall;
J Parasitol (2006) 92 (4): 855–857.
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Mark E. Siddall, Jay Bowerman; A NEW SPECIES OF GLOSSIPHONIID LEECH FROM RANA PRETIOSA (AMPHIBIA: RANIDAE) IN OREGON. J Parasitol 1 August 2006; 92 (4): 855–857. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-778R.1
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