Two new species of earthworm discovered in Kerala

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi ChaturvediBy Sakshi Chaturvedi

Published on 19 Aug 2017 5:22 AM GMT

Two new species of earthworm discovered in Kerala
X
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Whatsapp
  • Telegram
  • Linkedin
  • Print
  • koo
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Whatsapp
  • Telegram
  • Linkedin
  • Print
  • koo
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Whatsapp
  • Telegram
  • Linkedin
  • Print
  • koo

Kochi: Scientists have discovered two new species of earthworm belonging to the primitive family Moniligastridae in the Western Ghats mountain ranges in Kerala.

The two new species, named Drawida polydiverticulata and Drawida thomasi, were described in the journal ZooKeys.

The discovery was made by scientists S. Prasanth Narayanan, S. Sathrumithra, G. Christopher, all affiliated with Kerala's Mahatma Gandhi University, and J.M. Julka of the Shoolini University, Himachal Pradesh.

ALSO READ: Chrissy Teigen blames daughter for her entire ‘cleavage’ hanging out!

The new earthworms are distinguished by a set of characters, according to the scientists.

It turned out that Drawida polydiverticulata's multiple lobes, also called diverticulums, an organ located in the front of its body, are unique amongst the members of the genus.

This species was found to be widespread in the protected shola grasslands of the Munnar region, including Eravikulam National Park, Pampadun Shola National Park and Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.

The second new earthworm, Drawida thomasi, was collected at the Kozhippara Waterfalls near Kakkadampoyil, at the border between Malappuram and Kozhikode.

ALSO READ: Rare butterfly spotted in Scotland after 133 years

To date, there are 73 species of the genus Drawida confirmed to be living in the Indian subcontinent. However, the greatest concentration (43 species) is found in the Western Ghats.

The genus has an important centre of speciation in Kerala, the study said.

IANS

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi Chaturvedi

A journalist, presently working as a Sub-Editor at newstrack.com.

Next Story