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Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 59, Issue 2, pp 259–262 | Cite as

Presence of the leech Placobdella costata in the south of the Iberian Peninsula

  • David Romero
  • Jesús Duarte
  • Lucía Narváez-Ledesma
  • Miguel Ángel Farfán
  • Raimundo Real
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Abstract

Placobdella costata is a leech specific to freshwater turtle Emys orbicularis. Both genera are native to North America and have co-evolved and undergone dispersion through the Palearctic. The leech is present throughout the Mediterranean area, always associated with E. orbicularis. Their only known presence in the Iberian Peninsula is in the north and center of the peninsula. Here we present the first description of the leech in southern Spain (Andalusia) in association with a small fragmented population of fresh-water turtles in which E. orbicularis and Mauremys leprosa coexist. Unusually, the leech was found attached to the carapace of a male M. leprosa.

Keywords

Hirudinida ectoparasite freshwater turtles southern of Spain 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Romero
    • 1
  • Jesús Duarte
    • 1
  • Lucía Narváez-Ledesma
    • 1
  • Miguel Ángel Farfán
    • 1
  • Raimundo Real
    • 1
  1. 1.Grupo de Investigación Biogeografía, Diversidad y Conservación. Departamento de Biología Animal, Facultad de CienciasUniversidad de MálagaMálagaSpain

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