Monitoring studies for the Hirudo medicinalis populations in Turkey (2003-2006)

Abstract :

This study is carried out in order to learn more about and regularly monitor the current population of Hirudo medicinalis (medicinal leech) which is traded internationally within the scope of CITES Convention to which our country is also a party, and to determine the annual export quota of it. In this regard, 18 different wetlands with important potential of Hirudo medicinalis is examined. Of all, Kızılırmak Delta and Yeşilırmak Delta are the lands where virtually all medicinal leeches exported from Turkey are gathered. The examined wetlands were scanned for habitats that can involve medicinal leech and especially shallow wetlands with intense surface and underwater macrophyte vegetation are preferred. The amounts of Hirudo medicinalis caught in certain periods in these wetlands were analyzed and compared in terms of density

Keyword :

Hirudo medicinalis, Wetlands, Population

Author(s) : Akbulut, A., Durmuş, Y., Çalışkan, M., Akbulut, N., Demirsoy, A.
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Published Issue : 2012 Vol. 7 Number 2

2012 Vol. 7 Number 2