The first record of Dina prokletijaca (Hirudinida: Erpobdellidae) from Bekhal stream, Erbil, Iraq


  • Fakhir A. Q. Zewayee Education College, Salahaddin University-Erbil/Kurdistan Region-Iraq
  • Luay A. Ali Education College, Salahaddin University-Erbil/Kurdistan Region-Iraq



Bekhal Stream, Dina Prokletijaca, Erbil, Hirudinea, Iraq, Leech


The Dina prokletijaca was found in the samples that were obtained from the Bekhal stream for the current investigation. The samples were gathered throughout the course of nine months, from March to October 2021. The reduced number of papillae on the back of D. prokletijaca distinguishes it. It can be identified by its stock and short body, the dorsal side with two dark and wide longitudinal paramedian stripes, and the ovisacs are curled reaching the somite four beyond the females' genital pores and coiled throughout their entire length.


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How to Cite

Zewayee, F. A. Q. ., & Ali, L. A. . (2023). The first record of Dina prokletijaca (Hirudinida: Erpobdellidae) from Bekhal stream, Erbil, Iraq. Journal of Wildlife and Biodiversity, 8(1), 54–64.