Biodiversity and Conservation

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 475–485

Mapping of earthworm distribution for the British Isles and Eire highlights the under-recording of an ecologically important group

Authors

    • Soil Biodiversity Group, Department of EntomologyThe Natural History Museum
  • Emma Sherlock
    • Department of ZoologyThe Natural History Museum
  • David T. Jones
    • Soil Biodiversity Group, Department of EntomologyThe Natural History Museum
  • Jim Chiminoides
    • Department of ZoologyThe Natural History Museum
  • Thomas Writer
    • Department of ZoologyThe Natural History Museum
  • Roy Neilson
    • The James Hutton InstituteInvergowrie
  • Brian Boag
    • The James Hutton InstituteInvergowrie
  • Aidan M. Keith
    • Centre for Ecology & HydrologyLancaster Environment Centre
    • School of Biology & Environmental ScienceUniversity College Dublin
  • Paul Eggleton
    • Soil Biodiversity Group, Department of EntomologyThe Natural History Museum
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10531-011-0194-x

Cite this article as:
Carpenter, D., Sherlock, E., Jones, D.T. et al. Biodivers Conserv (2012) 21: 475. doi:10.1007/s10531-011-0194-x

Abstract

Earthworms are important soil organisms yet we have limited knowledge on the geographical distribution of species. Using data from a variety of sources representing a total of 3,941 locality records we have produced the first distribution maps of earthworm species in the British Isles The maps highlight the paucity of knowledge on this ecologically important group. A systematic approach needs to be taken to bring earthworm species data to a level comparable with other important invertebrate groups such as nematodes and isopods. Through the recent establishment of an earthworm recording scheme, the Earthworm Society of Britain, working with the Biological Records Centre and earthworm researchers across the British Isles, aim to build comprehensive distribution information for future monitoring and research purposes.

Keywords

DistributionEarthwormsMapsRecording

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011