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
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
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