New paper on using leeches to sample mammals

A new paper in Molecular Ecology Research by Dr Rosie Drinkwater is now online here. Rosie used metabarcoding of blood meals of two species of leech common to all of us who work in the forests of Borneo, the tiger leech and the brown leech, to see if they differed in their ability to detect mammal species present in the forests around the SAFE project. Interestingly, rodents were only picked up in the tiger leech blood meals.

Comparison of the overall counts of different mammals identified using tiger leech samplers (Haemadipsa picta, light grey) compared with brown leech samplers (Haemadipsa sumatrana, dark grey).

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