First Record of Exotic Dichogaster saliens (Beddard, 1893) and Metaphire posthuma (Vaillant, 1868) (Annelida: Clitellata) from Kerala State, Southern India

Authors

  • Advanced Centre of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam – 686560
  • Department of Zoology, Kannur University College, Mananthavady Campus, Edavaka P.O., Wayanad – 670645, Kerala
  • Department of Zoology, Maharajas College, Ernakulam – 682011, Kerala
  • School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam – 686560, Kerala
  • Advanced Centre of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam – 686560
  • Department of Zoology, Kannur University College, Mananthavady Campus, Edavaka P.O., Wayanad – 670645, Kerala
  • Advanced Centre of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam – 686560, Kerala
  • Advanced Centre of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam – 686560, Kerala
  • School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Basic Sciences, Shoolini University, Solan –173 212, Himachal Pradesh

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.26515/rzsi/v120/i2/2020/131422

Keywords:

Exotic Species, Earthworms, New Addition, Western Ghats.

Abstract

Among the 102 species of earthworms known from Kerala, Dichogaster saliens (Beddard, 1893) of the Family Benhamiidae and Metaphire posthuma (Vaillant, 1868) of the Family Megascolecidae were not recorded till date. The presence of exotic earthworms D. saliens and M. posthuma are documented herewith for the first time from Kerala, based on specimens collected from Ernakulam, Palakkad and Wayanad districts. Their descriptive account and distribution is provided.

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Author Biographies

S. Prasanth Narayanan, Advanced Centre of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam – 686560

Advanced Centre of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development, Researcher

Basil Thomas, Department of Zoology, Kannur University College, Mananthavady Campus, Edavaka P.O., Wayanad – 670645, Kerala

Department of Zoology, Post Graduate Student

K. S. Sunish, Department of Zoology, Maharajas College, Ernakulam – 682011, Kerala

Department of Zoolog, Assistant Professor

R. Anuja, School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam – 686560, Kerala

School of Environmental Sciences, Reserach Scholar

G. Christopher, Advanced Centre of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam – 686560, Kerala

Advanced Centre of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development, Research Coordinator

A. P. Thomas, Advanced Centre of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam – 686560, Kerala

Advanced Centre of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development, Director

J. M. Julka, School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Basic Sciences, Shoolini University, Solan –173 212, Himachal Pradesh

School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Dean

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2020-06-30

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Prasanth Narayanan, S., Thomas, B., Sunish, K. S., Anuja, R., Sathrumithra, S., Smija, M. K., … Julka, J. M. (2020). First Record of Exotic <I>Dichogaster saliens</I> (Beddard, 1893) and <I>Metaphire posthuma</I> (Vaillant, 1868) (Annelida: Clitellata) from Kerala State, Southern India. Records of the Zoological Survey of India, 120(2), 161–166. https://doi.org/10.26515/rzsi/v120/i2/2020/131422

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