oa Annals of the Natal Museum - Michalakus, a remarkable new genus of microchaetid earthworm from South Africa (Oligochaeta: Microchaetidae)

Volume 37, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



Among the undescriptionbed microchaetids in the Natal Museum Oligochaeta collection, a new species was found characterised by the possession of two pairs of nephridia per segment and two gizzards situated in two segments: one in 7, extended slightly into 6, and the second in segment 9. In all presently recognised genera of Microchaetidae this combination of characters was not previously noted. The present paper contains the descriptionption of the new genus Michalakus, with M. initus sp. n. designated as its type species.

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