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1 October 2004 Observations on the Leech Placobdella ornata Feeding From Bony Tissues of Turtles
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The leech Placobdella ornata was observed feeding from the blood sinuses of the plastron and carapace bones of Chelydra serpentina and Chrysemys picta. Evidence of successful feeding included blood upwelling from the point of attachment and gastric ceca of the leeches freshly filled with blood after removal. There was an apparent preference for the sulci between scales of the shell.

Mark E. Siddall and Eugene S. Gaffney "Observations on the Leech Placobdella ornata Feeding From Bony Tissues of Turtles," Journal of Parasitology 90(5), (1 October 2004). https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-277R
Published: 1 October 2004
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