Moniligaster horsti Gates, 1940

Narayanan, S. Prasanth, Sathrumithra, S., Anuja, R., Christopher, G., Thomas, A. P. & Julka, J. M., 2021, Three new species and four new species records of earthworms of the genus Moniligaster Perrier, 1872 (Clitellata: Moniligastridae) from Kerala region of the Western Ghats Biodiversity Hotspot, India, Zootaxa 4949 (2), pp. 381-397 : 391

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Moniligaster horsti Gates, 1940


Moniligaster horsti Gates, 1940

Moniligaster horsti Gates, 1940: 506 .

Brief description. Colour bluish to brownish. Dimensions: 118–206 mm by 8 mm, segments 189–191. Spermathecal pores large transverse slits, slightly median to c, at intersegmental furrow 7/8. Male pores paired, transverse slits, at about mid bc. Gizzards 4, in segments 14–18. Testis sacs in segment 10. Vas deferens coiled into a mass of hairpin loops, mass twice the size of testis sac; vas passes under longitudinal musculature before entering ental end of prostate; prostates ovoid, capsule ovoidal to anvil-shaped. Spermathecal atrial glands in segments 7 and 8, duct of each atrial gland about one fourth the length of common atrial duct, which is longitudinally placed and partially buried in parietes.

Material examined. 21 specimens altogether. 1 clitellate and 1 aclitellate ( ACESSD /EW/687), evergreen forest, Karimalagopuram in Parambikulam Tiger Reserve (10°21’48”N 76°45’9.3”E), Palakkad District , Kerala, India, 2 August 2016 ,1153 m a.s.l., S.P. Narayanan, T. Augustine and S. Sathrumithra; GoogleMaps 1 aclitellate ( ACESSD /EW/707), evergreen forest, Moothassery tribal settlement near Mankulam (10°6’38.1”N 76°54’12.4”E), Idukki District , Kerala, India, 25 October 2011, 860 m a.s.l., J. R. Thomas and T. Augustine; GoogleMaps 1 aclitellate ( ACESSD /EW/708), disturbed evergreen forest, Ozhuvathadam (10°03’12.2”N 76°50’52.0”E), Idukki District , Kerala, India, 29 August 2016, 1776 m a.s.l., S.P. Narayanan and S. Sathrumithra; GoogleMaps 16 aclitellates ( ACESSD /EW/711), shola forest, on the way to Bander (=Vanderavu) in Pampadum Shola National Park (10°8’8.5”N, 77°16’10.4”E), Idukki District , Kerala, India, 27 May 2013, 2270 m a.s.l., S.P. Narayanan, A. Sasi, S. Sathrumithra and T. Augustine; GoogleMaps 1clitellate ( ACESSD / EW/712), shola forest, Mannavanchola in Anamudi Shola National Park (10°10’40.16”N, 77°11’18.01”E), Idukki District, Kerala, India, 14 January 2017, 2175 m a.s.l., A.K. Vijayan, B. Balachandran, A. Sasi and M. Mohan GoogleMaps .

Distribution. India: Kerala State: Palakkad District: Karimalagopuram in Parambikulam Tiger Reserve; Idukki District: Moothassery, Ozhuvathadam, Pampadum Shola National Park (all present records) ( Fig. 4 View FIGURE 4 ). Elsewhere. Bungitappal in Tamil Nadu ( Gates 1940).

Remarks. One specimen had six regenerated posterior segments. The species is recorded for the first time from Kerala. It was previously known only from Tamil Nadu ( Gates 1940). In Kerala, it is confined to the higher altitude evergreen and shola forests in Idukki and Palakkad districts.


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Moniligaster horsti Gates, 1940

Narayanan, S. Prasanth, Sathrumithra, S., Anuja, R., Christopher, G., Thomas, A. P. & Julka, J. M. 2021

Moniligaster horsti

Gates, G. E. 1940: 506
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