The reproductive biology of the brooding leech Helobdella stagnalis (Linnaeus) in Utah Lake was studied for an 18 month period from June 1970 to December 1971. In determining the annual reproductive cycle, the number of adult leeches carrying eggs or young were counted at weekly intervals during the reproductive season and monthly during the rest of the year. Gonadal staging data from histological sections were correlated with the field collection data. It was found that two broods of young were produced by the adult animals during the reproductive season. Continuous water temperatures were recorded at the study site throughout the period of this investigation. Temperature was found to have an effect on the rate of gametogenesis, development, and the number of broods produced. The gonads have an off-on type of activity. When the testes are active, the ovaries are dormant and vice-versa.
College and Department
Plant and Wildlife Sciences
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Tillman, David L., "The reproductive biology of the leech Helobdella stagnalis (Linnaeus) in Utah Lake" (1972). Theses and Dissertations. 7902.
Leeches; Zoology, Utah; Utah Lake (Utah)