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The relationship between length, mass and preservation time for 3 species of freshwater leeches (Hirudinea)

Edwards, Francois K.; Lauridsen, Rasmus B.; Armand, Lucie; Vincent, Helen M.; Jones, Iwan J.. 2009 The relationship between length, mass and preservation time for 3 species of freshwater leeches (Hirudinea). Fundamental and Applied Limnology, 173 (4). 321-327. 10.1127/1863-9135/2009/0173-0321

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Abstract/Summary

We present body length to wet mass, dry mass and ash-free dry mass equations for three common species of British leeches. We quantified the effects of preservation in alcohol on specimens of these species and found important reductions in both body length and wet mass. However, effects on length-mass relationships were minimal. We found no clear pattern across species between the rates of loss of length and mass, and either water or inorganic content, though larger specimens of all three species were less affected by these losses. We recommend specimens are preserved in alcohol for a least a month for the rate of loss to stabilise.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1127/1863-9135/2009/0173-0321
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Water > WA02 Quantifying processes that link water quality and quantity, biota and physical environment > WA02.4 Biological interactions
CEH Sections: Acreman
ISSN: 1863-9135
Additional Keywords: Hirudinea, preservation, biomass, dry mass, ash free dry mass, length-mass relationships, Helobdella stagnalis L, Glossiphonia complanata L, Erpobdella octoculata L
NORA Subject Terms: Zoology
Ecology and Environment
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Date made live: 02 Apr 2009 10:18
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5557

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