|Dorsal (a) and ventral (b) views of Hirudo verbana from Kızılırmak Delta, Turkey|
H. verbana has long been used as a medicinal leech under the species H. medicinalis but has recently been recognized as a separate species distinct from the traditional or European medicinal leech, H. medicinalis.
- "New research by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History shows medicinal leeches misclassified for centuries, are likely three species instead of one". American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
- Roger Highfield (11 April 2007). "Medicinal leeches 'are the wrong kind'". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
|External identifiers for Hirudo verbana|
|Encyclopedia of Life||3123696|