Ecological zonation of the Baikal endemic piscine leeches of the genus Baicalobdella (Hirudinea, Piscicolidae)

  • Matveenko E.Yu. 1
  • Kaygorodova I.A. 1
  • 1 Limnological Institute, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Ulan-Batorskaya Str., 3, Irkutsk, 664033, Russia
Keywords: Molecular delimitation, fish leeches, Baicalobdella, Lake Baikal.

Abstract

Molecular delimitation methods have revealed that the morphological homogenous species of the Baikal endemic fish leeches, Baicalobdella torquata (Grube, 1871), is a cryptic complex. The identified level of genetic differences allows us to assume the existence in Lake Baikal of two species within this complex, which are clearly separated geographically.

Published
2020-09-07
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