Genetic barcoding of marine leeches (Ozobranchus spp.) from Florida sea turtles and their divergence in host specificity

@article{McGowin2011GeneticBO,
  title={Genetic barcoding of marine leeches (Ozobranchus spp.) from Florida sea turtles and their divergence in host specificity},
  author={A. McGowin and T. Truong and A. Corbett and D. Bagley and L. Ehrhart and Michael J. Bresette and Steven T Weege and D. Clark},
  journal={Molecular Ecology Resources},
  year={2011},
  volume={11}
}
Ozobranchus margoi and Ozobranchus branchiatus are the only two species of marine turtle leeches (Ozobranchus spp.) known to inhabit the Atlantic coast of the United States and the Gulf of Mexico. In early reports of fibropapillomatosis (FP) in green turtles (Chelonia mydas), O. branchiatus was implicated as a vector in the transmission of Fibropapilloma‐associated turtle herpesvirus (FPTHV). It is imperative that the leech species be identified to elucidate the role Ozobranchus spp. may play… Expand
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