n African Zoology - A new species of land planarian (Platyhelminthes : Tricladida : Terricola : Rhynchodemidae) from South Africa, with a list of African terrestrial planarian species

Volume 39, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X
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<I>Othelosoma joburgi&lt;/I&gt; is described from Roodepoort, Gauteng province, South Africa. Preserved worms are up to 16mmlong and 3mmwide, cylindrical, plump, and 'sick green' in colour with no obvious stripes or markings. There is a dorsal anterior retractor muscle which causes the head to be strongly retracted, and strong parenchymal longitudinal musculature. The penis has a distinct conical papilla. There is a large copulatory bursa with both a ductus vaginalis opening directly to the exterior and a Beauchamp's canal connecting to the common ovovitelline duct. A list of all African land planarian species with brief descriptions and locations is included in the hope of encouraging further records.

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