Genetic differentiation between two species of the medicinal leech, Hirudo medicinalis and the neglected H. verbana, based on random-amplified polymorphic DNA

@article{Trontelj2004GeneticDB,
  title={Genetic differentiation between two species of the medicinal leech, Hirudo medicinalis and the neglected H. verbana, based on random-amplified polymorphic DNA},
  author={Peter Trontelj and Maru{\vs}a Sotler and Rudi Verovnik},
  journal={Parasitology Research},
  year={2004},
  volume={94},
  pages={118-124}
}
The medicinal leech is one of the few parasitic invertebrates widely used in medicine and as a scientific model object. Because of a dramatic decline in its natural populations, it is subject to considerable conservation effort. Despite all attention, there is confusion regarding the taxonomic status of different morphological forms. The prevailing view is that all varieties of medicinal leech in Europe represent the same species, Hirudo medicinalis. However, the present study based on RAPD… CONTINUE READING

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