Echiniscus bigranulatus Richters, 1908,

Kaczmarek, Łukasz, 2017, Annotated zoogeography of non-marine Tardigrada. Part IV: Africa, Zootaxa 4284 (1), pp. 1-74: 10

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Echiniscus bigranulatus Richters, 1908

sensu lato

10. Echiniscus bigranulatus Richters, 1908  sensu lato [T] [m]

Echiniscus bigRanulatus Richters  . ( Heinis 1928)

Echiniscus bigRanulatus  ( Iharos 1969a)

Echiniscus bigRanulatus Richters  , 1907 ( Middleton 2003)

Terra typica  : Argentina (South America) 


• 24°25′S, 25°31′E; 1,150 m asl: Kweneng District, Molepolole , lichen on tree. Middleton (2003)GoogleMaps 


• 04°57′N, 09°56′E; 800 m asl: Littoral Region, Kongsamba [ Nkongsamba ], moss on tree. Iharos (1969a)GoogleMaps 

Republic of South Africa:

• 30°34′S, 22°56′E: Undefined locality. Heinis (1928)

Record numbers. Botswana: 1, Cameroon: 1, Republic of South Africa: 1; total: 3.

Remarks. This bona fide species belongs to the Neotropical and Antarctic bigranulatus  group but is easily mistaken for other siblings (see: Michalczyk & Kaczmarek 2006a, 2007). All records prior to 2006 require confirmation, while the three uncertain records from Africa require re-examination and confirmation.