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Helobdella robusta

Helobdella robusta is a leech of the family glossiphoniidae. Its genome has been sequenced by the Joint Genome Institute,[1] and its early development has been studied extensively.[2] Helobdella leeches called "H. robusta" in literature may not all be from the same species, though they are closely related. At least two species originally termed H. robusta are present at the same locality, the Sacramento River at the Sacramento Fairgrounds.[3] Another closely related leech is now called Helobdella sp. (Austin).[4]


  1. ^ "JGI: Helobdella robusta". 
  2. ^ Weisblat, DA (2007). "Asymmetric cell divisions in the early embryo of the leech Helobdella robusta". Progress in molecular and subcellular biology 45: 79–95. PMID 17585497.  edit
  3. ^ Bely, AE and Weisblat, DA (2006). "Lessons from leeches: a call for DNA barcoding in the lab". Evolution and Development 8:491-501
  4. ^ Kuo, D and Weisblat, DA (2011). "Intermediate filament genes as differentiation markers in the leech Helobdella". Development Genes and Evolution 221:225=240


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