Coral Reef Leech --- care and feeding?

Alan Eugene Davis adavis at netpci.com
Sat Feb 19 01:35:01 EST 2000


My students and myself have collected a leech on a reef platform. Length 
is about 2cm long when fully extended.  It tends to roll up into a coil when 
left undisturbed, and displays tubercles/papillae all over it.  It was 
recovered from a bucketful of various species of algae for a field  lab for 
our environmental science class.  It is green/olive/brownish in color.  

I seek advice as to whether this leech is likely to survive several days in a 
culture dish with sea water.   

Also, advice appreciated on how to anaesthetize and best method for 
fixing/preserving.  

Alan Davis
Saipan, N. Mariana Islands

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for one non-existent."    ---Lord Raleigh (John William Strutt),
                          or else his son, who was also a scientist.



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