A team led by a researcher at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History discovered the new species, Macrobdella
mimicus, in the swamps of southern Maryland.
Another big blood sucker is Macrobdella
decora, the American medicinal leech, replete with olive green back and gaudy orange belly.
Cargo DG (1960) Predation of eggs of the spotted salamander, Ambystoma maculatum, by the leech Macrobdella
Chromatophorotropic activity of extracts of the brain and nerve chord of the leech, Macrobdella
decora, in the fiddler crab, Uca pugilator: an in vivo and in vitro study.