Natural History Museum Checklist of Hirudinea (leeches)

This checklist details the accepted scientific names, common names and higher taxonomy for British Hirudinea (leeches). Leeches are now regarded by some as advanced oligochaetes, but they are listed separately here as they are easy to differentiate from t

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ID number:
NHMSYS0000066926
Authority:
Natural History Museum
Version:
1
Last updated:
20 September 2007 
Glossary
Synonym:
are different scientific names that pertain to the same taxon, for example two names for the same species. One basic principle of zoological nomenclature is that the earliest correctly published and available name (the senior synonym) takes precedence and must be used for the taxon, if no other restrictions interfere.
Common name:
A common name of an organism (also known as a vernacular name, colloquial name, trivial name, trivial epithet, country name, or farmer's name) is a name in general use within a community; it is often contrasted with a scientific name.
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