oa Annals of the Natal Museum - Designation of lectotypes for Microchaetus microchaetus (Rapp, 1849) and Microchaetus rappi Beddard, 1886, and historical perspectives on these species (Oligochaeta: Microchaetidae)

Volume 40, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



Microchaetus microchaetus (Rapp, 1849) is redescriptionbed, a lectotype designated and type depository indicated. M. rappi Beddard, 1886, is reassessed and determined to be a valid species, and its lectotype is designated. Historical perspective and synonymy for both species are provided. The gigantic species - M. braunsi Michaelsen, 1899, M. decipiens Michaelsen, 1899, M. klopperi Plisko, 1991, M. microchaetus (Rapp, 1849), M. rappi Beddard, 1886 and M. stuckenbergi Plisko, 1991, constitute a natural group within the genus Microchaetus, apparently confined to the Eastern Cape Province.

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