Panama |June, 2017|

Located in Central America, Panama is a relatively small country with high biodiversity. Together with Dr. Alejandro Oceguera-Figueroa (UNAM) and Danielle de Carle (University of Toronto), I wanted to find representatives of two particular families of leeches, Salifidae and Cylicobdellidae. Panama is one of the few countries were both of these families have been recorded from close vicinity. Unfortunately, we found neither of these families but we managed to find at least one new species (but possible two) during 5 days of collecting across the larger part of the country. Thanks to Aydee Cornejo (Colección Zoológica Dr. Eustorgio Mendez) for seamlessly facilitating permits and collection aid.