Friday, 9 March 2018

Tracking endangered mammals with the leeches that feed on them



New research on leech blood meals confirms value of iDNA methods in biodiversity surveys, includes first identification of bats and birds

Date:  February 27, 2018
Source:  American Museum of Natural History

Summary:
A broad survey conducted across southern Asia reinforces the idea that the mammal biodiversity of an area can be determined by looking at the DNA found in leeches' blood meals. The new study also shows for the first time that DNA found in leeches can be used to identify certain ground birds and, possibly, some bats.

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