Eisenia andrei

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Eisenia andrei
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E. andrei
Binomial name
Eisenia andrei
Bouché, 1972 [1]

Eisenia andrei is a close relative of the 'brandling' or 'tiger' worm, Eisenia fetida. Like its cogenitor, it is epigeic, i.e. it prefers to live in compost or leaf litter rather than mineral soils.

It can be distinguished from E. fetida as it is darker in colour, and the characteristic stripes are less pronounced. Although its status as a separate species was fully confirmed in the mid-1980s by molecular analyses (based on electrophoresis of protein isoforms), E. andrei is still often misidentified and confused with E. fetida.[2]

Two E. andrei worms copulating

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eisenia andrei". Fauna Europaea. 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
  2. ^ Voua Otomo, L., Voua Otomo, P., Bezuidenhout, C.C. & Maboeta, M.S. 2013. Molecular assessment of commercial and laboratory stocks of Eisenia spp. (Oligochaeta: Lumbricidae) from South Africa. African Invertebrates 54 (2): 499–511.[1]