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1 July 2005 Euhirudinea from Australian Turtles (Chelodina burrungandjii and Emydura australis) of the Kimberley Plateau, Western Australia, Australia
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Leeches were sampled from 2 turtle species, Chelodina burrungandjii and Emydura australis, from 9 rivers spanning the Kimberley Plateau of Western Australia, Australia. Placobdelloides octostriata was collected from both turtle taxa across the Kimberley Plateau, and Bogobdella diversa was collected from a single specimen of E. australis in the Fitzroy River, the westernmost catchment of the sample area. Relative prevalence of P. octostriata was influenced by host behavior, with a 10-fold difference in prevalence on the sit-wait predator C. burrungandjii (37.4–42.2%) in comparison with the more actively swimming E. australis (1.3–3.7%). The prevalence of parasitism was not substantially different between sites for each species. These are new host and locality records for Euhirudinea in Australia.

Anton D. Tucker, Nancy N. Fitzsimmons, and Frederic R. Govedich "Euhirudinea from Australian Turtles (Chelodina burrungandjii and Emydura australis) of the Kimberley Plateau, Western Australia, Australia," Comparative Parasitology 72(2), 241-244, (1 July 2005). https://doi.org/10.1654/4175
Published: 1 July 2005
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