First records of freshwater oligochaetes (Annelida, Clitellata) from caves in Illinois and Missouri, USA

M. J. Wetzel, Steven Joseph Taylor

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Abstract

Aquatic oligochaetes were collected from the fine sediments of eight cave streams in Illinois and Missouri from June 1998 through January 2000. Five families, 9 genera, and 15 taxa are reported. Rhyacodrilus subterraneus (Tubificidae) represents a new state record for Illinois, and 10 species-Dero digitata, D. nivea, and Pristina leidyi (Naididae) and Limnodrilus cervix, L. hoffmeisteri, L. udekemianus, Rhyacodrilus falciformis, R. sodalis, R. subterraneus, and Varichaetadrilus angustipenis (Tubificidae)- represent new state records for Missouri. Of the species collected, Haplotaxis cf. gordioides (Haplotaxidae), P. leidyi, and L. hoffmeisteri, R. falciformis, R. subterraneus, and Tubifex tubifex (Tubificidae) have previously been reported from caves in North America. These are the first published records of freshwater oligochaetes in caves of Illinois and Missouri.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-104
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cave and Karst Studies
Volume63
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth-Surface Processes

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