Series: Records of the Zoological Survey of India Occasional Papers Volume: 92
49 pages, b/w illustrations
From the introduction:
"Michaelsen (1910) provided the first records of earthworms from Orissa. Subsequently, several species were described from the area by Stephenson (1914,1915, 1916, 1917, 1921, 1923, 1926) and Julka (1976, 1978). Due to their importance in the soil ecosystem, significant work has been carried out on the ecology and biology of the Orissan earthworms during the last decade by Patra and Dash (1973). Dash et al. (1974, 1980), Dash and Petra (1977, 1979), Senapati and Dash (1979, 1981, 1982, 1983a, 1983b), Dash and Senepati (1980), Senapati et al. (1979), Senapati (1980, 1983a, 1983b), Mishra and Dash (1983), and Senapati and Kabi (1983).
This article presents a comprehensive systematic account, and ecological and biological observations on the earthworms of Orissa. In addition, some unpublished observations on their ecology and biology and new records derived from recent collections are presented for the first time. A key for the identification of the Orissan earthworms is also included. For a detailed synonymy of the species, the works of Gates (1972) and Julka (1976, 1978) may be referred to. In this work the classification of Oligochaeta into orders and suborders as proposed by Brinkhurst and Jamieson (1971) and the division of the suborder Lumbricina into superfamilies and families as given by Sims (1980) are followed."
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