Distribution of Placobdella hollensis (Whitman, 1892) (Hirudinida: Glossiphoniidae)

Comparative Parasitology
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Confusion regarding the identification of Placobdella hollensis (Whitman, 1892) (Hirudinida: Glossiphoniidae) has led to an unclear understanding of the distribution of the species. Two specimens of P. hollensis were collected from Merchants Millpond State Park, Gates County, North Carolina, U.S.A., representing a new geographic distribution record. Specimens were confirmed as P. hollensis by morphological and molecular study. Specimens of P. hollensisfrom North Carolina, had accessory eyes, 2 thin paramedial dark lines, and 3 pairs of pre-anal papillae. Molecular comparison of cytochrome c oxidase subunit I sequence data revealed a 99.0 to 99.7% similarity to specimens of P. hollensis collected from its type locality (Barnstable County, Massachusetts, U.S.A.). From confirmed specimens of P. hollensis, this report supports the assertion that P. hollensis has an Atlantic coastal distribution.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Distribution of Placobdella hollensis (Whitman, 1892) (Hirudinida: Glossiphoniidae)
Series title Comparative Parasitology
DOI 10.1654/1525-2647-84.2.165
Volume 84
Issue 2
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher The Helminthological Society of Washington
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 4 p.
First page 165
Last page 168
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