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HOST-PARASITE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN CRABS AND LEECHES – A REVIEW


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1 Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India
2 Zoological Survey of India, 27 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata-700016, India
     

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The paper reviews host-parasite association between crab and leech. Leeches may be found on body surface of crabs (ectoparasite), such as carapace and appendages or within the branchial chambers (endoparasite). Globally, a total of 11 species of leeches are known to be associated with 17 species of crabs. Crabs serve as a substratum for the deposition of cocoons and as a means of dispersal for the leeches.

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Host, Parasite, Leech, Crab, Review.
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Authors

M. K. Dev Roy
Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India
S. Mitra
Zoological Survey of India, 27 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata-700016, India
N. C. Nandi
Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India

Abstract


The paper reviews host-parasite association between crab and leech. Leeches may be found on body surface of crabs (ectoparasite), such as carapace and appendages or within the branchial chambers (endoparasite). Globally, a total of 11 species of leeches are known to be associated with 17 species of crabs. Crabs serve as a substratum for the deposition of cocoons and as a means of dispersal for the leeches.

Keywords


Host, Parasite, Leech, Crab, Review.

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