Descriptions of three Pristina species (Naididae, Clitellata) from Amazonian forest soils, including P. marcusi sp. nov.

  • Rut Collado
  • Rüdiger M. Schmelz
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Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 158)


Three species of the oligochaete genus Pristina (Naididae, Clitellata), one of them new to science, are described from soil and litter samples originating from terra firme of the primary rain forest at the Brazilian Agroforestry Research Facility in Central Amazonia: P. marcusi sp. nov., P. jenkinae (Stephenson, 1931) and P. notopora, Černosvitov, 1937. Investigations were carried out on live and preserved material, with emphasis on non-chaetal, non-sexual characters of the live anatomy, usually neglected in recent Naididae taxonomy. P. marcusi sp. nov. is characterized by simple-pointed and bayonet-shaped needle chaetae and by a regular pattern of ellipsoid intrastomachal cavities. P. notopora redescribed in full detail for the first time since its original description, including the exceptional dorsal opening of the nephridia.

Key words

Taxonomy new species Oligochaeta Naididae Pristina live observation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rut Collado
    • 1
  • Rüdiger M. Schmelz
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Bioloxía Animal e Bioloxia VexetalUniversidade da CoruñaA CoruñaSpain
  2. 2.Universität Osnabrück, FB 5, Biologie/Chemie, Spezielle ZoologieOsnabrückGermany

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