Australian Museum Journal A new leech from Papua, representative of a third family of aquatic jawed sanguivores in the Australian region (Hirudinoidea: Illebdellidae fam. nov.)

Shortform:
Richardson, 1974, Rec. Aust. Mus. 29(6): 187–196
Author(s):
Richardson, Laurence R.
Year published:
1974
Title:
A new leech from Papua, representative of a third family of aquatic jawed sanguivores in the Australian region (Hirudinoidea: Illebdellidae fam. nov.)
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
29
Issue:
6
Start page:
187
End page:
196
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.29.1974.227
Language:
English
Date published:
22 May 1974
Cover date:
22 May 1974
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
NEW GUINEA; TAXONOMY
Digitized:
03 March 2009
Available online:
01 April 2009
Reference number:
227
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Title page:
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Complete work:
Complete work (1014kb PDF)

Abstract

A new family based on Illebdella papuensis gen. et sp. nov. is described. Characters include: body strongly depressed and wide; monostichodont, trignathous; pharynx euthylaematous with single secondary ridges in the dorsolateral positions; epididymis, a globular mass at xi/xii; no sperm ducts or ejaculatory bulbs; median regions, bimyomeric; vagina, caecate; no vaginal duct; ix to xxiv, 5-annulate; xxv, 4-annulate; xxvi, 3-annulate. Pattern, topographic, a wide median band of alternating maculae; a lateral catenulate row of large ovals. Hirudo catenulata Johansson 1918 is transferred to the new family and provisionally to the g. Illebdella.

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