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Leech at South East Forest National Park

HIRUDINIDA at South East Forest National Park - 3 Feb 2019

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Perhaps Richardsonianus australis (Tiger Leech)? but doesn't show the characteristic yellow stripes clearly. I assume this leech belongs to the family Hirudinidae, which according to AFD are "freshwater and amphibious leeches that typically feed on the blood of vertebrates, but are also known to feed on invertebrates including oligochaetes and other leeches. "

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   17 Feb 2019
Hi Paul, Yeah the high altitude leeches always seem to be plain black and fairly small, while the coastal ones have the yellow stripe that might qualify them as a tiger leech. I think they (coastal ones) also tend to be more aquatic, and bigger.
   17 Feb 2019
After reading a 2010 revision of the Indo-Pacific blood feeding leeches, I’m now not so sure that this one is a Hirudinidae. The family Haemadipsidae has several Australian species and also feeds on vertebrate blood. It looks like it should be possible to identify them at least to genus level from external features - although it will probably require better quality photos than we currently have. With luck?! we’ll find a leech next time we’re up at the top of the escarpment.

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