Description of the first endemic earthworm species from Cyprus (Oligochaeta: Lumbricidae)

Tímea Szederjesi, Tomás Pavlíček, Csaba Csuzdi

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New earthworm samples from Cyprus are assessed and discussed. A re-evaluation of specimens previously relegated to the Southern Alpine species Perelia nematogena (Rosa, 1903), revealed two independent species: Perelia phoebea (Cognetti, 1913) ,described originally from Rhodes Island, (Greece) and an undescribed species Perelia makrisi sp. n. The new species is similar also to the Levantine Pe. galileana Csuzdi & Pavlíček, 2005 and corroborates the hypotheses that the autochthonous earthworm fauna of Cyprus is of Levantine origin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-163
Number of pages6
JournalZoology in the Middle East
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2 Apr 2016

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  • Cyprus
  • Earthworms
  • endemism
  • Messinian period
  • new species
  • the Levant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology


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