A new family Tritogeniidae for the genera Tritogenia and Michalakus, earlier accredited to the composite Microchaetidae (Annelida: Oligochaeta)

J. D. Plisko

Abstract


Two genera, Tritogenia Kinberg, 1867 and Michalakus Plisko, 1996, are separated from the composite fa­mily Microchaetidae Beddard, 1895 (s. l.), and the Tritogeniidae fam. nov. is erected to accommodate them. The genera Microchaetus Rapp, 1849, Geogenia Kinberg, 1867, Proandricus Plisko, 1992, and Ka­zi­mierzus Plisko, 2006, are left in the Microchaetidae (s. str.). The diagnoses for both families as they now stand are given and keys to all the genera are provided. Species accredited to the Tritogeniidae fam. n. are listed, and distribution of Tritogenia and Michalakus is discussed. Revision of Tritogenia zuluensis (Bed­dard, 1907) is advised.

To cite this paper: Plisko, J.D. 2013. A new family Tritogeniidae for the genera Tritogenia and Michalakus, earlier accredited to the composite Microchaetidae (Annelida: Oligochaeta). African Invertebrates 54 (1): 69–92.

Published electronically: 17 April 2013
urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:0D3EAD2F-0D77-41C1-AFA5-90A3122630F9


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