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Eisenia andrei

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Eisenia andrei
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Annelida
Class: Clitellata
Order: Haplotaxida
Family: Lumbricidae
Genus: Eisenia
Species: 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 sibling species, 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 Eisenia andrei copulating.


  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]