A new species of Geogenia Kinberg, 1867 from the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (Oligochaeta, Microchaetidae)

T.C. Nxele

Abstract


Examining recently collected earthworms from a sugarcane farm in Port Shepstone, South Africa resulted in the discovery of a new species, Geogenia minnehaha sp. n. This species is similar to G. tuberosus (Plisko, 1998) but differs from it by the extended clitellum, the size and position of papillae, and the number and shape of spermathecae. The presence of an indigenous species in a sugarcane field is a new finding in South Africa, where little is known on earthworm communities in agricultural soils.

To cite paper: Nxele, T.C. 2015. A new species of Geogenia Kinberg, 1867 from the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (Oligochaeta, Microchaetidae). African Invertebrates 56 (3): 549–553.

Published electronically: 26 November 2015
urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:299AF1DE-B892-40FE-B36A-26BC0D0CC6A2


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