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MONSTER FROM THE VAULT: A NEW FINDING OF ONE OF THE LARGEST EUROPEAN LEECH TROCHETA HASKONIS GROSSER, 2000 FROM BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Clemens Grosser, Goran Šukalo, Vladimir Pešić

Abstract


One extremely large leech specimen of Trocheta haskonis Grosser, 2000, reaching almost 190 mm when contracted, was collected in an underground vault constructed out of concrete in the village Prijakovci in the north-western part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This finding indicates that one of the largest European leech species can colonize also small artificial habitats like a utility vaults, possible also subway tunnels and storm drains.

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