Bassianobdella bundabergii is the leech
described in the November, 1998 Australian Quarantine and Inspection
Service Bulletin (AQIS
Bulletin 11(10):10, ISSN 1033-9280) article titled: "Worms beware:
Attack of the killer leeches!"
This semi-terrestrial leech can be identified as a member of the
family Richardsonianidae and is most likely a new species in the genus
Bassianobdella. This family is found throughout Australia and
this genus has been collected from much of the eastern part of
Here are some of the diagnostic characters that can be used to identify this leech: (Most are diagnostic for the genus)
This is, however the
first "Terrestrial/Amphibious" member of this genus.
Other members of the genus Bassianobdella:
Members of this family
are known to feed on a variety of invertebrates and vertebrates
including worms and leeches.
me if you have any questions about this leech or any other leeches you
may want identified.
Robert Ingram is from the Office
of the Chief Plant Protection Officer (OCPPO) and should be contacted
about the extent of the outbreak of this leech and is concered about
the possible contamination of earthworm farms and the possible impacts
this leech may have on the earthworm growing industry.
fax: 2 6272 5835
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