Two species of Lumbricillus (Enchytraeidae, Annelida) new to Antarctica

  • Jeounghee Lee The Division of EcoCreative, Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, Korea
  • Mårten J. Klinth Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Jongwoo Jung The Division of EcoCreative; Department of Science Education, Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, Korea
Keywords: King George Island, Clitellata, Lumbricillus sejongensis sp. nov, Lumbricillus antarcticus, intertidal fauna


The intertidal fauna of the Antarctic Peninsula has a relatively high species diversity, due to its warmer environment compared to other parts of Antarctica. Marine oligochaetes are, in general, one of the most diverse and ecologically important benthic organism groups, at least in the littoral zone. Antarctica has been one of the least studied areas with regard to oligochaete diversity. Here we report two Lumbricillus species (Lumbricillus antarcticus Stephenson, 1932 and Lumbricillus sejongensis sp. nov.) new to Antarctica, found in a tidal pool on the Barton Peninsula, King George Island. The diversity of this genus remains poorly known for Antarctica and the Subantarctic islands, and what we know is based on a few patchy studies.


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Lee J., Klinth M. J., & Jung J. (2019). Two species of Lumbricillus (Enchytraeidae, Annelida) new to Antarctica. Polar Research, 38.
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