First Record of Lepidochaetus zelinkai (Gastrotricha, Chaetonotida) from India


  • Zoological Survey of India, Prani Vigyan Bhawan, M-Block, New Alipore, Kolkata – 700 053
  • Zoological Survey of India, Prani Vigyan Bhawan, M-Block, New Alipore, Kolkata – 700 053



Gastrotrich, Live Observation, Morphology, Protected Areas.


A population of the chaetonotid gastrotrich Lepidochaetus zelinkai (Grünspan, 1908) was identified from the terrestrial soil collected from the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, West Bengal, India. The species is commonly reported from the freshwater habitats of Europe, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Korea and Japan. This is the first report of the species from India. Brief description, based on live photomicrographs has been provided. In addition, two videos have also been submitted in NZC (National Zoological Collections) as supplementary files showing details on the movement and internal/external structures.


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Bharti, D., & Kumar, S. (2019). First Record of <i>Lepidochaetus zelinkai</i> (Gastrotricha, Chaetonotida) from India. Records of the Zoological Survey of India, 119(4), 474–479.



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