In the framework of the international project called "Conservation and Sustainable Management of Below-Ground Biodiversity", soil macrofauna collections were carried out in the Centre-West Ivory Coast. Altogether, 13 earthworm species were recorded, of which four belonged to the family Eudrilidae and nine to the family Acanthodrilidae. From the species collected, two, Dichogaster (Dichogaster) eburnea sp. nov. and Dichogaster (Dichogaster) mamillata sp. nov., proved to be new to science. To accommodate the enigmatic eudrilid earthworm species Scolecillus compositus Omodeo, 1958, a new genus, Lavellea gen. nov., is proposed.
- Ivory Coast
- New species
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics