oa Annals of the Natal Museum - Four new species, and new records, of Microchaetus Rapp, 1849 from the Cape Province, South Africa, and Transkei (Oligochaeta: Microchaetidae)

Volume 34, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



Four new species of the southern African holandric genus Microchaetus Rapp, 1849 are descriptionbed and illustrated: madidus, ritae, montanus and rivus. Their relationships with other species are discussed, and keys are provided to distinguish the species. New localities are recorded for M. franciscus Pickford, 1975 and M. pentheri Rosa, 1898. New synonyms: Microchaeta pentheri var. saxatilis Rosa, 1898, Microchaeta pentheri var. elizabethae Michaelsen, 1899 and Microchaetus saundersi Brock & Dick, 1935 = Microchaetus pentheri Rosa, 1898.

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