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Cannibalism in a population of the medicinal leech (Hirudo medicinalis L.).
Izv Akad Nauk Ser Biol. 2005 Nov-DecIA

Abstract

Medicinal leeches (Hirudo medicinalis L.) were maintained in large ponds in a commercial leech farm at Biebertal, Germany. The feeding of hungry adult leeches was performed on representative individuals that were placed on cloth soaked with mammalian blood obtained from a local butchery (pig, Sus scrofa). In a second set of experiments, cane toads (Bufo marinus) were used as host organisms. The leeches rapidly attached to the toads, explored the body and sucked blood. After feeding, the fully engorged leeches were placed into the pond or an aquarium. In this artificial habitat, the satiated leeches were attacked by hungry conspecifics, sucked off and killed. This observation demonstrates that H. medicinalis must be classified as a cannibalistic annelid.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Fachbereich Biologie, Universitat Kassel, Heinrich-Plett-Str., 40, D-34109 Kassel, Germany. kut@uni-kassel.deNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16535988

Citation

Kutschera, U, and M Roth. "Cannibalism in a Population of the Medicinal Leech (Hirudo Medicinalis L.)." Izvestiia Akademii Nauk. Seriia Biologicheskaia, 2005, pp. 751-3.
Kutschera U, Roth M. Cannibalism in a population of the medicinal leech (Hirudo medicinalis L.). Izv Akad Nauk Ser Biol. 2005.
Kutschera, U., & Roth, M. (2005). Cannibalism in a population of the medicinal leech (Hirudo medicinalis L.). Izvestiia Akademii Nauk. Seriia Biologicheskaia, (6), 751-3.
Kutschera U, Roth M. Cannibalism in a Population of the Medicinal Leech (Hirudo Medicinalis L.). Izv Akad Nauk Ser Biol. 2005 Nov-Dec;(6)751-3. PubMed PMID: 16535988.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Cannibalism in a population of the medicinal leech (Hirudo medicinalis L.). AU - Kutschera,U, AU - Roth,M, PY - 2006/3/16/pubmed PY - 2006/4/15/medline PY - 2006/3/16/entrez SP - 751 EP - 3 JF - Izvestiia Akademii nauk. Seriia biologicheskaia JO - Izv. Akad. Nauk. Ser. Biol. IS - 6 N2 - Medicinal leeches (Hirudo medicinalis L.) were maintained in large ponds in a commercial leech farm at Biebertal, Germany. The feeding of hungry adult leeches was performed on representative individuals that were placed on cloth soaked with mammalian blood obtained from a local butchery (pig, Sus scrofa). In a second set of experiments, cane toads (Bufo marinus) were used as host organisms. The leeches rapidly attached to the toads, explored the body and sucked blood. After feeding, the fully engorged leeches were placed into the pond or an aquarium. In this artificial habitat, the satiated leeches were attacked by hungry conspecifics, sucked off and killed. This observation demonstrates that H. medicinalis must be classified as a cannibalistic annelid. SN - 1026-3470 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16535988/Cannibalism_in_a_population_of_the_medicinal_leech__Hirudo_medicinalis_L___ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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