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Two new species of Helobdella Blanchard 1896 (Hirudinida: Rhynchobdellida: Glossiphoniidae) from Taiwan, with a checklist of hirudinea fauna of the island
TLDR
Three new species of Helobdella leeches are reported and the potential ecological impact of these species was discussed and a checklist of the hirudinea fauna in Taiwan, including eight species in Family Glossiphoniidae, four in Hirudinidae, two in Haemopidae, and two in Salifidae is provided.
Do brain parasites alter host personality? — Experimental study in minnows
TLDR
The results suggest that D. phoxini parasites may shape the personality of their hosts, but that behavioral consequences of ecologically relevant infection levels may be rather subtle and easily remain undetected if only the mean trait expressions are compared.
Tyrannobdella rex N. Gen. N. Sp. and the Evolutionary Origins of Mucosal Leech Infestations
TLDR
This new species, found feeding from the upper respiratory tract of humans in Perú, clarifies an expansion of the family Praobdellidae to include the new species Tyrannobdella rex n.sp.
Three species of land leeches from Taiwan, Haemadipsa rjukjuana comb. n., a new record for Haemadipsa picta Moore, and an updated description of Tritetrabdella taiwana (Oka)
TLDR
Three species of land leeches, including a new combination Haemadipsa rjukjuana comb, as well as an updated description for Tritetrabdella taiwana (Oka), are reported in this study.
The information content of odour, colour and tactile cues in the mate choice of minnows
TLDR
The results suggest that belly colouration and breeding tubercles give honest information on several aspects of male quality, in addition females may learn the association between male Colouration and their olfactory signals and utilize this information when visual signals are not present.
Prey selection of a shell‐invading leech as predicted by optimal foraging theory with consumption success incorporated into estimation of prey profitability
TLDR
This study showed that when the consumption success was incorporated into the estimation of prey profitability, the optimal foraging model could predict the prey selection of a predator with highly variable consumption success, which has been poorly predicted previously.
On the origin of leeches by evolution of development
  • D. Kuo, Yi-Te Lai
  • Biology
    Development, growth & differentiation
  • 4 November 2018
TLDR
In this review article, developmental changes that are associated with the evolution of several leech‐specific traits are discussed, including the emergence of suckers, the loss of chaetae, the Loss of septa, and a fixed number of segments.
Barbronia weberi (Clitellata, Hirudinida, Salifidae) has ovary cords of the Erpobdella type
TLDR
The results support a close phylogenetic relationship between Salifidae and Erpobdellidae and propose the term “ovary cords of the ErPobdella type” for them.
Personality differences in two minnow populations that differ in their parasitism and predation risk
TLDR
The study suggests that parasitism and predation are likely important agents in the ecology and evolution of animal personalities.
Occurrence of the freshwater heteronemertean Apatronemertes albimaculosa (Nemertea: Pilidiophora) in Taiwan
TLDR
This report represents the second instance of field-caught A. albimaculosa in the world and the species had been reported from aquaria with tropical freshwater plants in Germany, Austria, USA, Spain, and Japan, before it was discovered from wild environment in Panama.
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