Glossiphonia complanata


A broad and flat leech (to 27 mm), usually brownish in colour patterned with rows of greenish spots.

Identification difficulty

Preferring running streams, especially those with a high calcium content. It attaches to the underside of stones.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

It is armed with a proboscis which it inserts into the soft parts of invertebrates such as snails, sucking out their body fluids. The adults brood their young.

UK Status

Poorly recorded but thought to be quite common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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