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Research Article

Tyrannobdella rex N. Gen. N. Sp. and the Evolutionary Origins of Mucosal Leech Infestations

  • Anna J. Phillips,

    Affiliations: Department of Biology, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, New York, New York, United States of America, Sackler Institute of Comparative Genomics, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York, United States of America

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  • Renzo Arauco-Brown,

    Affiliation: School of Medicine, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Perú

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  • Alejandro Oceguera-Figueroa,

    Affiliations: Department of Biology, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, New York, New York, United States of America, Sackler Institute of Comparative Genomics, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York, United States of America

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  • Gloria P. Gomez,

    Affiliation: Department of Microbiology, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Perú

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  • María Beltrán,

    Affiliation: Enteroparasitology Laboratory, Peruvian Public Health Center, Peruvian Health Institute, Lima, Perú

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  • Yi-Te Lai,

    Affiliation: Institute of Zoology, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

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  • Mark E. Siddall mail

    siddall@amnh.org

    Affiliation: Sackler Institute of Comparative Genomics, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York, United States of America

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  • Published: April 14, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010057

About the Authors

Anna J. Phillips, Alejandro Oceguera-Figueroa
Department of Biology, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, New York, New York, United States of America
Anna J. Phillips, Alejandro Oceguera-Figueroa, Mark E. Siddall
Sackler Institute of Comparative Genomics, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York, United States of America
Renzo Arauco-Brown
School of Medicine, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Perú
Gloria P. Gomez
Department of Microbiology, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Perú
María Beltrán
Enteroparasitology Laboratory, Peruvian Public Health Center, Peruvian Health Institute, Lima, Perú
Yi-Te Lai
Institute of Zoology, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

Corresponding Author

Email: siddall@amnh.org

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: AJP AOF MES. Performed the experiments: AJP AOF MES. Analyzed the data: AJP AOF MES. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: AJP RAB GPG MB YTL MES. Wrote the paper: AJP RAB AOF MES.