Zoological Studies

Vol. 55, 2016

(update: 2016.11.17)

On the Giant Pheretimoid Earthworms From Vietnam (Clitellata: Megascolecidae), with Descriptions of
Three New Species

Tung T. Nguyen1, Dang H. Lam2, and Anh D. Nguyen3,*

1Department of Biology, Schools of Education, Cantho University, Cantho City, Vietnam. E-mail: thanhtung@ctu.edu.vn
2College of Natural Sciences, Cantho University, Cantho City, Vietnam. E-mail: dangm0414002@gstudent.ctu.edu.vn
3Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology,No.18, Hoangquocviet Rd., Hanoi, Vietnam. E-mail: ducanh@iebr.ac.vn

(Received 8 March 2016; Accepted 29 October 2016)

Tung T. Nguyen, Dang H. Lam, and Anh D. Nguyen (2016) The giant earthworms from Vietnam are being reviewed to consist of six species, Amynthas dangi (Thai, 1984), A. munglonganus (Thai & Tran, 1986) comb. nov., A. ghilarovi (Thai, 1982), and three new, A. munglongoides sp. nov.,  A. antoanensis sp. nov. and A. konkakinh sp. nov. All six species have lengths ranging 300-680 mm, diameter ca. 16-20 mm, and without copulatory pouches. The new species, A. munglongoides sp. nov. is characterised by three pairs of spermathecal pores in intersegment 5/6/7/8, genital markings paired in vii, viii and xviii. A. antoanensis sp. nov. is distinguished by four pairs of spermathecal pores in 5/6/7/8/9, genital marking paired in viii, ix, and xviii. A. konkakinh sp. nov. is recognised by four pairs of spermathecal pores in 5/6/7/8/9, genital marking single in viii, paired in xviii. In addition, a key to all six gigantic species in Vietnam is also provided.

Key words: Annelida, Megascolecidae, Pheretimoids, Gigantic earthworms, Vietnam.

*Correspondence: E-mail: ducanh410@yahoo.com


Vol. 55, 2016