The occurrence of an Australian leech species (genus Helobdella) in German freshwater habitats as revealed by mitochondrial DNA sequences.

@article{Pfeiffer2004TheOO,
  title={The occurrence of an Australian leech species (genus Helobdella) in German freshwater habitats as revealed by mitochondrial DNA sequences.},
  author={Ina Pfeiffer and Bertram Brenig and Ulrich Kutschera},
  journal={Molecular phylogenetics and evolution},
  year={2004},
  volume={33 1},
  pages={214-9}
}
The freshwater leech Helobdella europaea Kutschera 1987 was discovered twenty years ago in Germany and described as a new species. Here, we show that this leech is genetically identical with the Australian species Helobdella papillornata (CO-I-mt-DNA sequence identity of alignment positions: 98%). We conclude that H. europaea (syn. H. papillornata) represents an introduced annelid that occupies the same ecological niche as the common European leech H. stagnalis L. 
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