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A study on the anatomy features of green and dark brown buffalo leech (Hirudinea Manillensis)


Zulhisyam Abdul Kari @ Abdullah and Mohd Hafiz Jamaludin and Shazani Sarijan and Mohammad Amizi Ayob and Lee Seong Wei and Mohd Sukhairi Mat Rasat and Mazlan Mohamed and Muhammad Iqbal Ahmad and Ahmad Anwar Ismail and Nik Nur Azwanida Zakaria and M.Marwan and M. Farhan (2014) A study on the anatomy features of green and dark brown buffalo leech (Hirudinea Manillensis). Journal of Sustainability Science and Management, 9 (1). pp. 134-140. ISSN 1985-3629


Leeches (Phylum: Annelida, Class: Hirudinea) are widely distributed all over the world

in diverse habitats. In this study, the anatomy and features of Hirudinae manillensis or buffalo

leech were observed and recorded. The external and internal anatomy of the leech was identified

to know if there exist any differences between the green buffalo leech and the dark brown buffalo

leech. The internal and external anatomy features both green and dark brown leeches were similar.

The external anatomy features observed were; body pattern, colour of the body, size of the body,

size of the sucker, body length and width, mouth, number of teeth and eyes, absence of papillae and

number of annuli while the internal anatomy features observed were; organ such as crop, rectum,

male and female reproductive organ and testes sack can be found. In contrast, the colour and pattern

of the dorsal and the abdominal was different between the dark brown buffalo leeches and the green

buffalo leeches. The Green leech had simple pattern with 5 stripes from a combination of 3 different

colours namely green, brown and black, while the dark brown leech had a much more complex

pattern with square shapes pattern on the dorsal.

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Item Type: Indexed Article
Collection Type: Institution
Date: 2014
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Sustainability Science and Management
ISSN: 1985-3629
Uncontrolled Keywords: Green leech - Dark brown leech - External anatomy - Internal anatomy.
Faculty/Centre/Office: Faculty of Earth Sciences
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