|New information on the structure, geographic distribution and hosts of the marine tropical leech Trachelobdella lubrica (Piscicolidae)|
Epshtein, V.M. (1973). New information on the structure, geographic distribution and hosts of the marine tropical leech Trachelobdella lubrica (Piscicolidae). Parazitologiya 7(5): 427-436
In: Parazitologiya. Nauka: Sankt-Peterburg. ISSN 0031-1847, more
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The paper presents the first information on the occurrence of Trachelobdella lubrica (Grube) off the coasts of Australia, the Philippine and Hawaiian Islands. Studies were conducted of the external morphological characters, intestine structure and sexual apparatus of T. lubrica collected in various parts of its distribution area (the Mediterranean Sea, the Arabian Sea, the Great Australian Gulf, the Philippine and Hawaiian Islands). Despite some differences, the leeches are supposed to belong to the same species. The systematic list of hosts of T. lubrica is given. It includes 30 species of fishes most of which belong to the order Perciformes.