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Molecular confirmation of the North American Leech Placobdella ornata (Verrill, 1872) (Hirudinida: Glossiphoniidae) in Europe

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  • Joost Mertens
  • William E. Moser
  • Dennis J. Richardson
  • Charlotte I. Hammond
  • Eric A. Lazo-Wasem

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Original languageEnglish
JournalBioInvasions Records
Volume4
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)185-188
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 12-Jun-2015

Abstract

Specimens of the North American leech, Placobdella ornata (Verrill, 1872) were confirmed from the Donkmeer, a freshwater lake in the
province of East Flanders, Belgium, by morphological and molecular analysis. Leech specimens from Belgium were morphologically
consistent with the syntype series and description of P. ornata by Verrill (1872). Molecular comparison of the Belgian specimens to
specimens of P. ornata from the type locality (New Haven, Connecticut, USA) using the cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) gene
revealed a similarity of 99.5%. Placobdella ornata from Belgium is the first documentation of a second species of the genus Placobdella in
Europe.

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  • Soors_etal_2015_MolecularConfirmationNorthAmericanLeechPlacobdellaOrnataEurope

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