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Two species of Lumbricillus (Enchytraeidae, Annelida) new to Antarctica

Journal article
Authors J. Lee
Mårten Klinth
J. Jung
Published in Polar Research
Volume 38
ISSN 0800-0395
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Language en
Keywords King George Island, Clitellata, Lumbricillus sejongensis sp. nov, Lumbricillus antarcticus, intertidal fauna, king-george island, south shetland islands, potter cove, barton, peninsula, oligochaeta, tubificidae, worm, invertebrates, associations, communities, Environmental Sciences & Ecology, Geology, Oceanography, ephenson j., 1932, discovery repts [gov ernment dependencies falkland isls], v4, p233
Subject categories Environmental Sciences


The intertidal fauna of the Antarctic Peninsula has a relatively high species diversity, due to its warmer environment compared to other parts of Antarctica. Marine oligochaetes are, in general, one of the most diverse and ecologically important benthic organism groups, at least in the littoral zone. Antarctica has been one of the least studied areas with regard to oligochaete diversity. Here we report two Lumbricillus species (Lumbricillus antarcticus Stephenson, 1932 and Lumbricillus sejongensis sp. nov.) new to Antarctica, found in a tidal pool on the Barton Peninsula, King George Island. The diversity of this genus remains poorly known for Antarctica and the Subantarctic islands, and what we know is based on a few patchy studies.

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