New earthworm records from the Central Zagros Mountain, Iran with description of a new species

Robabeh Latif, Masoumeh Malek, C. Csuzdi

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Abstract

The earthworm fauna of Iran is inadequately known. Up till now only 20 species were recorded for the country including 9 autochthonous and 11 peregrine species. The Zagros Mts. of Iran possesses unique geographical and climatic conditions that support a rich biota. Surprisingly enough the earthworm fauna of the region has not been studied earlier. A new survey carried out in the Central Zagros Mountain resulted in recording 24 earthworm species distributed in two families, Lumbricidae (22 species) and Acanthodrilidae (two species) including 6 new country records (Aporrectodea longa, D. pentheri, D. semitica, Microscolex dubius, Microscolex phosphoreus) and furthermore a species new to science; Eisenia omranii sp. nov. According to the zoogeographic composition, out of the 24 species recorded, 14 are widely introduced peregrine ones and 10 are autochtonous of East-Mediterranean origin. In comparison with previously surveyed Elburz region with 14 recorded earthworm species, the Zagrosian earthworm fauna proved to be much richer in term of species number.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326-336
Number of pages11
JournalNorth-Western Journal of Zoology
Volume13
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2017

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Keywords

  • Acanthodrilidae
  • Central Zagros
  • Lumbricidae
  • New records
  • New species

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  • Animal Science and Zoology

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New earthworm records from the Central Zagros Mountain, Iran with description of a new species. / Latif, Robabeh; Malek, Masoumeh; Csuzdi, C.

In: North-Western Journal of Zoology, Vol. 13, No. 2, 01.12.2017, p. 326-336.

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