New England Medicinal Leech

Species Name: Macrobdella sestertia

Species Distribution in Massachusetts


Federal Rank: None

Massachusetts State Rank: Special Concern

Habitat Description

Shallow waters along the shoreline.

Threats to Survival

Sensitive to shoreline changes and decline in water quality, along with the threat of ponds filling or seeping with sewage.

Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival

Little is known because only three have been found in the state before.