Global diversity of leeches (Hirudinea) in freshwater

@article{ket2007GlobalDO,
  title={Global diversity of leeches (Hirudinea) in freshwater},
  author={B. {\vS}ket and P. Trontelj},
  journal={Hydrobiologia},
  year={2007},
  volume={595},
  pages={129-137}
}
Leeches (Hirudinea) constitute a relatively small monophyletic group of highly specialized annelids, but may play important roles as invertebrate predators in freshwater, while others are infamous for their ectoparasitic bloodsucking. About 15% of the 680 described species are marine and slightly less have switched to terrestrial life; the rest are freshwater, divided among 91 genera. They are globally distributed on all continents except Antarctica, reaching the highest diversity in the… Expand

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