An example of a possible leech-bryozoan association in freshwater

Anna L. Klass, Svetlana E. Sokolova, Alexander V. Kondakov, Yulia V. Bespalaya, Mikhail Yu Gofarov, Alena A. Tomilova, Ilya V. Vikhrev, Ivan N. Bolotov

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Associations of various invertebrate species with bryozoans and sponges are a well-known marine phenomenon but such epizooic communities are far less diverse in freshwater environments. Here an occurrence of numerous leeches Alboglossiphonia cf. papillosa (Braun, 1805), in interstitial spaces between zooids of a colony of the freshwater bryozoan species Plumatella aff. fungosa (Pallas, 1768) in Eastern Siberia is described. To the best of our knowledge, this record appears to be the first known example of a leech-bryozoan association, although such relationships deserve further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-30
Number of pages8
Issue number794
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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