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Earthworm fauna of Lebanon

Twelve earthworm species, representing the families Lumbricidae and Criodrilidae were reported from Lebanon so far. The earthworm fauna is composed of 7 (58%) autochthonous species and 5 (42%) peregrine ones (Table 8).

 

Table 8. A summary table of the earthworms of Lebanon. (Abbreviations: A-species regarded as autochthonous ones, P-species regarded as peregrine ones).

Species Recorded by Expected origin
Family Lumbricidae
Aporrectodea caliginosa (Savigny, 1826) Rosa, 1893 P
Allolobophora georgii (Michaelsen, 1890) Rosa, 1893 P
Aporrectodea jassyensis (Michaelsen, 1891) Rosa, 1893 A
Aporrectodea rosea (Savigny, 1826) Rosa, 1893 P
Dendrobaena byblica byblica (Rosa, 1893) Rosa, 1893 A
Dendrobaena kervillei (Michaelsen, 1910) Zicsi, 1985 A
Dendrobaena semitica (Rosa, 1893) Rosa, 1893 A
Dendrobaena veneta veneta (Rosa, 1886) Rosa, 1893 A
Eiseniella neapolitana (Örley, 1885) Rosa, 1893 A
Eiseniella tetraedra (Savigny, 1826) Rosa, 1893 P
Helodrilus patriarchalis (Rosa, 1893) Rosa, 1893 A
Family Criodrilidae
Criodrilus lacuum (Hoffmeister, 1845) Rosa, 1893 P
Total: 12 species   8A + 4P

 

References

Michaelsen, W., 1910. Oligochäten von verschiedenen Gebieten. Mitteilungen aus dem Naturhistorischen Museum Hamburg 27: 47-169.

Rosa, D. (1893). Viaggi del Dr. E. Festa in Palestina nel Libano e regioni vicine. II. Lumbricidi. Boll. del Mus. Reg. di Sci. Nat. Torino 8: 1–14.

Zicsi, A. 1985. Regenwürmer (Oligochaeta: Lumbricidae) aus Israel und den benachbarten Ländern. Rev. Suisse Zool. 92: 323–331.

 

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