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Taxonomy of North European Lumbricillus (Clitellata, Enchytraeidae)

Journal article
Authors Mårten Klinth
E. Rota
Christer Erséus
Published in Zookeys
Issue 703
Pages 15-96
ISSN 1313-2989
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Pages 15-96
Language en
Keywords Annelida, Oligochaeta, Lumbricillus latithecatus sp n., Lumbricillus scandicus sp n., Claparedrilus gen., littoral oligochaeta, national-park, genus, coast, michaelsen, annelida, antarctica, phylogeny, sweden, island, Zoology
Subject categories Morphology, Biological Systematics


Lumbricillus is a genus of clitellate worms with about 80 described species that inhabit marine and limnic habitats. This study follows a recent analysis of the phylogeny of the genus based on 24 species of Lumbricillus collected mainly in Norway and Sweden. We provide the illustrated taxonomic descriptions of all these species and describe two of them as new; Lumbricillus latithecatus sp. n. and L. scandicus sp. n. Using the recent phylogeny, we informally divide Lumbricillus into five distinct morphological groups, into which we also tentatively place the Lumbricillus species not included in this study. Furthermore, we establish Claparedrilus gen. n., with the type species C. semifuscoides sp. n., and transfer Pachydrilus semifuscus Claparede, 1861 (previously referred to Lumbricillus) into said genus.

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