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DOI: 10.7508/iahs.2014.01.002

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Dehghani R., Hasanbeiki O., Pourgholi M., Asgari J.. Naragh Suburb, Center of Iran A Natural Habitat of Hirudo medicinalis. IAHS. 2014; 1 (1) :5-8
URL: http://iahs.kaums.ac.ir/article-1-21-en.html

1- PhD “Environment Health Department, Health Faculty” and “Social Determinants of Health Research Center”, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran
2- MSPH Environmental Health Engineering Department, Health Faculty, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran , hasanbeiki@yahoo.com
3- MSPH Environmental Health Engineering Department, Health Faculty, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran
4- MSPH English Department, Medicine Faculty, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran
Abstract:   (1678 Views)

Aims: A very common species of leeches has been named as Hirudo medicinalis. Regarding to the application of leeches in medicine and their fast extinction, this study was performed in aquatic habitats of Kashan aimed to determine the distribution of leeches and to provide information about their regional and habitat characteristics.

Materials & Methods: This descriptive study was conducted during 2008 to 2010 in three periods and 90 samples from 30 sites were collected, totally. 30 lentic and lotic aquatic habitats located in different regions of Naragh were recognized and selected. Leeches were collected initially in 10% ethanol followed by washing and removing mucus and then maintained in 70% ethanol. The identification keys were used for recognizing the species of leeches.

Findings: According to the identification key of the leech species, 15 samples from the total samples of 30 locations were Hirudo medicinalis. Total Hirudo medicinalis samples were collected just from Naragh River. These species of leeches were relatively large with 7-10cm and their colors were olive green, brown and greenish brown with a red stripe on the sides.

Conclusion: Naragh River is one of the habitats of Hirudo medicinalis.

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Article Type: Original Research | Subject: Health Service Effectiveness and Management
Received: 2014/07/8 | Accepted: 2014/07/8 | Published: 2014/08/3
* Corresponding Author Address: Health Faculty, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Ghotb Ravandi Boulevard, Kashan, Iran

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