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Placobdelloides stellapapillosa sp. n. (Glossiphoniidae) found feeding on crocodiles and turtles

  • Fredric R. Govedich
  • Bonnie A. Bain
  • Ronald W. Davies


A new species of Placobdelloides is described from crocodiles and river turtles in the Singapore Zoological Gardens. Placobdelloides stellapapillosa is three annulate, has one pair of eyes on somite I or II, six pairs of testisacs, two annuli between the gonopores, one post anal annulus, seven pairs of lobed crop caeca and 12–14 unique star-shaped papillae on the dorsal surface of each annulus. Star-shaped papillae on annulus a2 are typically larger and more pronounced than on annuli a1 and a3. Additional minute cone-shaped papillae may occur between the larger star-shaped papillae or may replace these papillae on annuli a1 and a3. Eggs and young (100–200) are attached by their posterior suckers directly to the ventral surface of the parent.

leech glossiphoniid species description Estuarine Crocodiles Malayan False Gavials Malayan River Turtles 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fredric R. Govedich
    • 1
  • Bonnie A. Bain
    • 1
  • Ronald W. Davies
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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