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On aquatic Oligochaeta Lumbricomorpha in Europe

  • Pietro Omodeo
Conference paper
Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 24)

Abstract

Twelve species of aquatic earthworms have been found in European inland waters where they occupy different environments. Two species live exclusively in the sapropel, that is in the black fetid asphyctic mud, while four species can be found either in the sapropel or in the more oxygenated gyttja. The remaining species prefer this type of soil, but Eisenia spelaea in Italy lives only within submerged litter in mountain streams. The biology of these earthworms is discussed and the possibility of their utilization by man is considered.

Keywords

aquatic Oligochaeta Lumbricomorpha biology of aquatic earthworms breeding of aquatic earthworms 

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© Dr W. Junk Publishers, Dordrecht 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pietro Omodeo
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  1. 1.Istituto di Biologia AnimaleUniversità di PadovaPadovaItaly

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