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Earthworm fauna of Cyprus

Twenty-two earthworm species were recognized in Cyprus so far. Out of them one (Perelia makrisi Szederjesi et al. 2016) is an endemic species for the island. The earthworm fauna is composed of 14 autochthonous species and 8 peregrine ones (Table 1). It is possible to regard the fauna of Cyprus as of Anatolian origin (e.g. D.  pentheri and D. pantaleonis) and Levantine origin (e.g. D. semitica) (Pavlíček and Csuzdi (2012)).

 

Table 1. A summary table of the earthworms of Cyprus. (Abbreviations: A-species regarded as autochthonous ones, P-species regarded as peregrine ones).

Species Recorded by Expected origin
Family Lumbricidae
Aporrectodea caliginosa (Savigny, 1826) Michalis, 1993; Pavlíček and Csuzdi 2006 P
Aporrectodea jassyensis (Michaelsen, 1891) Michalis, 1993; Pavlíček and Csuzdi, 2012 A
Aporrectodea rosea (Savigny, 1826) Michalis, 1993; Pavlíček and Csuzdi, 2006, 2012 P
Dendrobaena byblica (Rosa, 1893) Pavlíček and Csuzdi, 2006 A
Dendrobaena pantaleonis (Chinaglia, 1913) Michalis, 1993 A
Dendrobaena pentheri (Rosa, 1905) Pavlíček and Csuzdi, 2006 A
Dendrobaena semitica (Rosa, 1893) Pavlíček and Csuzdi 2006, 2012 A
Dendrobaena succinta, synonym Dendrobaena veneta partim. (Rosa, 1905) Szederjesi et al. 2019 A
Dendrobaena veneta (Rosa, 1886) Michalis, 1993; Pavlíček and Csuzdi, 2006, 2012 A
Dendrodrilus rubidus subrubicundus (Eisen, 1874) Pavlíček and Csuzdi, 2012 P
Eisenia fetida (Savigny, 1826) Pavlíček and Csuzdi, 2012 P
Eiseniella neapolitana (Örley, 1885) Pavlíček and Csuzdi, 2006 A
Eiseniella tetraedra tetraedra (Savigny, 1826) Pavlíček and Csuzdi, 2006 P
Helodrilus patriarchalis (Rosa, 1893) Pavlíček and Csuzdi, 2006 A
Murcheiona minuscula (Rosa, 1905) Michalis, 1993; Pavlíček and Csuzdi, 2006 A
Octodrilus complanatus (Antoine Dugès, 1828) Pavlíček and Csuzdi, 2006 A
Octolasion cyaneum (Savigny, 1826) Pavlíček and Csuzdi, 2006 P
Perelia makrisi Szederjesi et al., 2016 Szederjesi et al., 2016 A
Perelia nematogena (Rosa, 1903) Pavlíček and Csuzdi, 2006 A
Proctodrilus tuberculatus (Černosvitov, 1935) Pavlíček and Csuzdi, 2006 A
Family Acanthodrilidae
Microscolex dubius (Fletcher, 1887) Pavlíček and Csuzdi, 2012 P
Microscolex phosphoreus (Antoine Dugès, 1837) Michalis, 1993 P
Total: 22 species   14 A + 8P

 

References

Michalis, K. A. (1993). Contribution to the study of the Oligochaetofauna of Cyprus. Acta zoologica cracoviensia, 36, 23–28.

Pavlíček, T., and Csuzdi, Cs. (2006). Species richness and zoogeographic affinities of earthworms in Cyprus. European Journal of Soil Biology, 42, S111–S116. doi:10.1016/j.ejsobi.2006.09.001

Pavlíček, T., & Csuzdi, Cs. (2012). Chapter 21 : Clitellata : Oligochaeta. In The Wildlife of Cyprus (D.J. Sparrow and E. John, eds.) pp 587-–599, Terra Cypria.

Szederjesi, T., Pavlíček, T., and Csuzdi, Cs. (2016). Description of the first endemic earthworm species from Cyprus (Oligochaeta: Lumbricidae). Zoology in the Middle East, 62(2), 158–163. doi:10.1080/09397140.2016.1182778

Szederjesi, T., Pavlíček, T., Márton, O., Krízsik, V., and Csuzdi, Cs. (2019). Integrative taxonomic revision of Dendrobaena veneta (Rosa, 1886) sensu lato with description of a new species and resurrection of Dendrobaena succinta (Rosa, 1905) (Megadrili: Lumbricidae). Journal of Natural History, 53(5–6), 301–314. doi:10.1080/00222933.2019.1593537

 

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