Aporrectodea

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Aporrectodea
Aporrectodea caliginosa March 18, 2010 (13609070655).jpg
Aporrectodea caliginosa
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Aporrectodea

Orley, 1885
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Aporrectodea is a genus of earthworms in the family Lumbricidae. The genus includes some of the most common earthworms in the Palearctic ecozone and in agricultural soils across the temperate regions of the world.[1]

Several species are found throughout the world today, having been widely introduced via agriculture. One of these widespread species, A. trapezoides, was also transported across continents as a popular fishing bait.[2]

Some species of this genus are known to be important in the process of soil formation.[3]

Among the most familiar species is Aporrectodea caliginosa, which has been known as a species complex made up of several very similar taxa whose relationships were not clear. A phylogenetic analysis confirmed that these taxa are separate species, including A. trapezoides, A. tuberculata, A. longa, and A. nocturna.[1]

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Species include:[4]

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