The first recorded earthworms from the Negev and Sinai deserts

Tomáš Pavlíček, Csaba Csuzdi, Eviatar Nevo

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Three species of earthworms were collected for the first time in the Sinai and Negev deserts. They are: Allolobophora caliginosa (Sav. 1826), Eiseniella tetraedra (Sav. 1826) (both found only in Sinai), and A. rosea (Sav. 1826) from both the Sinai and Negev deserts. All three species belong to the family Lumbricidae and indicate a biogeographical connection with Middle and Eastern Mediterranean lumbricid fauna. They are widely distributed, abundant, and connected to human settlements and humid places. Only A. caliginosa and E. tetraedra were recorded from Egypt and the Sahara Desert.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Journal of Zoology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Israel Discount Bank Chair of Evolutionary Biology, and the Ancell-Teicher Research Foundation for Genetics and Molecular Evolution at the University of Haifa, established by Florence and Theodore Baumritter of New York. We are grateful to Dr. Elena lvanitskaya of the Institute of Evolution and to Dr. Georgy Shenbrot of the Ramon Science Center for helping us with collection of earthworms in the Negev.

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  • Animal Science and Zoology


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