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A new species of the medicinal leech (Oligochaeta, Hirudinida, Hirudo) from Transcaucasia and an identification key for the genus Hirudo.
Parasitol Res. 2005 Dec; 98(1):61-6.PR

Abstract

A recent molecular phylogenetic study has suggested that the genus Hirudo contains a neglected species previously known as the orientalis coloration type of the medicinal leech Hirudo medicinalis. In this paper, the new species is formally described as Hirudo orientalis sp. n. It can most readily be identified by the grass green coloration of the dorsum, segmentally arranged pairs of black quadrangular or rounded dots on its paramarginal dorsal stripes and similarly arranged, but less regular light-colored markings on the predominantly black venter. It has medium-sized epididymes and an evenly coiled vagina. H. orientalis is known from Transcaucasia, Iran, and Uzbekistan. It is widely used in medicine as the "medicinal leech." Very little is known about its exact distribution, specific habitat, and conservation status. The paper contains an identification key to all species of the genus Hirudo.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Zoology and Animal Ecology, V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Kharkiv 61077, Ukraine. sutevsk@univer.kharkov.uaNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16261357

Citation

Utevsky, Serge Y., and Peter Trontelj. "A New Species of the Medicinal Leech (Oligochaeta, Hirudinida, Hirudo) From Transcaucasia and an Identification Key for the Genus Hirudo." Parasitology Research, vol. 98, no. 1, 2005, pp. 61-6.
Utevsky SY, Trontelj P. A new species of the medicinal leech (Oligochaeta, Hirudinida, Hirudo) from Transcaucasia and an identification key for the genus Hirudo. Parasitol Res. 2005;98(1):61-6.
Utevsky, S. Y., & Trontelj, P. (2005). A new species of the medicinal leech (Oligochaeta, Hirudinida, Hirudo) from Transcaucasia and an identification key for the genus Hirudo. Parasitology Research, 98(1), 61-6.
Utevsky SY, Trontelj P. A New Species of the Medicinal Leech (Oligochaeta, Hirudinida, Hirudo) From Transcaucasia and an Identification Key for the Genus Hirudo. Parasitol Res. 2005;98(1):61-6. PubMed PMID: 16261357.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A new species of the medicinal leech (Oligochaeta, Hirudinida, Hirudo) from Transcaucasia and an identification key for the genus Hirudo. AU - Utevsky,Serge Y, AU - Trontelj,Peter, Y1 - 2005/10/28/ PY - 2005/05/24/received PY - 2005/09/08/accepted PY - 2005/11/2/pubmed PY - 2006/6/9/medline PY - 2005/11/2/entrez SP - 61 EP - 6 JF - Parasitology research JO - Parasitol. Res. VL - 98 IS - 1 N2 - A recent molecular phylogenetic study has suggested that the genus Hirudo contains a neglected species previously known as the orientalis coloration type of the medicinal leech Hirudo medicinalis. In this paper, the new species is formally described as Hirudo orientalis sp. n. It can most readily be identified by the grass green coloration of the dorsum, segmentally arranged pairs of black quadrangular or rounded dots on its paramarginal dorsal stripes and similarly arranged, but less regular light-colored markings on the predominantly black venter. It has medium-sized epididymes and an evenly coiled vagina. H. orientalis is known from Transcaucasia, Iran, and Uzbekistan. It is widely used in medicine as the "medicinal leech." Very little is known about its exact distribution, specific habitat, and conservation status. The paper contains an identification key to all species of the genus Hirudo. SN - 0932-0113 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16261357/A_new_species_of_the_medicinal_leech__Oligochaeta_Hirudinida_Hirudo__from_Transcaucasia_and_an_identification_key_for_the_genus_Hirudo_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00436-005-0017-7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -