The Western Ghats of India revealed two new primitive species of earthworm

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  • August 18, 2017
  • The Western Ghats mountains lie at the southwestern continental margin of Peninsular India and extend all the way from Gujarat to Kerala. The massif has earned its place amongst the eight ‘hottest’ biodiversity hotspots in the world. There is a great variety of vegetation types which, coupled with the high rainfall and the moderate yearly […]

    Conservation and nameless earthworms: Assessors in the dark?

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  • May 22, 2017
  • Species that live exclusively in a single region are at a particular risk of extinction. However, for them to be protected, thorough assessments of the environmental impacts need to be performed. There are more than 100 earthworm species living in the soil and dead wood of KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. Most of them live exclusively […]

    It’s a girl! Tweaking the names of a pest fanworm group

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  • January 4, 2017
  • The largest group of fanworm species with rigid chalky (calcareous) tubes belong to the Hydroides genus, and are easily recognised thanks to the shape of their beautifully ornate tube plugs. Hydroides is economically important as its members have the potential to cover immersed marine structures with massive nuisance settlements of chalky biofouling. The best-known example […]

    Unfamiliar bloodline: New family for an earthworm genus with exclusive circulatory system

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  • October 12, 2016
  • New earthworm family, named Kazimierzidae, has been established for a South African indigenous genus of 21 species. Although the circulatory system in the group has been regarded as exclusive upon their original description in 2006, their raising to a family status have only recently been confirmed by a research team from South Africa. Scientists Mrs […]

    Old specimens establish a new bamboo worm genus and species

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  • July 7, 2016
  • Bamboo worms (family Maldanidae) comprise an easily recognizable family of bristle worms (class Polychaeta). Their common name they receive because of their elongated segments, ending with an appendage, which gives them the joint appearance of slender bamboo-shoots. These often fragile marine inhabitants can be found in mud-walled tubes in shelf sediments. However, bamboo worms are […]