New and little-known earthworm species from the Ivory Coast (Oligochaeta: Acanthodrilidae: Benhamiinae and Eudrilidae)

Csaba Csuzdi, Jerôme Ebagnerin Tondoh

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2551-2567
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Natural History
Volume41
Issue number41-44
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2007

Keywords

  • Benhamiinae
  • Earthworms
  • Eudrilidae
  • Ivory Coast
  • New species

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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