Australian Museum Journal New species of the earthworm genus Anisochaeta (Oligochaeta: Megascolecidae) from New South Wales

Shortform:
Blakemore, 2000, Rec. Aust. Mus. 52(1): 1–40
Author(s):
Blakemore, R. J.
Year published:
2000
Title:
New species of the earthworm genus Anisochaeta (Oligochaeta: Megascolecidae) from New South Wales
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
52
Issue:
1
Start page:
1
End page:
40
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.52.2000.1307
Language:
English
Date published:
06 July 2000
Cover date:
06 July 2000
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
OLIGOCHAETA; TAXONOMY
Digitized:
06 July 2000
Available online:
06 July 2000
Reference number:
1307
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Title page:
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Complete work:
Complete work (438kb PDF)

Abstract

The number of Anisochaeta from New South Wales is more than doubled to 50 species in the present account. Twenty-seven species are newly described, one of which is tentatively attributed to the dubious genus Propheretima. A checklist is presented with the distributions of the twenty-three previously described Anisochaeta from NSW that were variously attributed to the genera Perichaeta, Megascolex, and Spenceriella. One species, Megascolex crateroides Boardman, 1943, is herein synonymized with Anisochaeta gracilis (Fletcher, 1886b). A replacement name, Anisochaeta trichaeta, is proposed for the homonym of the Victorian Trichaeta australis Spencer, 1900. A key is provided for currently known NSW species. The generic definition of Anisochaeta is modified to accommodate forms with the newly discovered vesiculate nephridial condition. Several of the new species have setae between the male pores, further reducing the distinctiveness of Propheretima from the prior genus Spenceriella, which is itself currently synonymized under Anisochaeta.