Die Bodenkultur - Journal for Land Management, Food and Environment

E. Christian and A. Zicsi:

A synoptic key to the earthworms of Austria (Oligochaeta: Lumbricidae)


An user-friendly synoptic key to the Lumbricidae of Austria is presented (62 species and infraspecific entities). Mature individuals of many species can be readily identified by external characters. In several cases, however, dissection remains indispensable. Two internal characters of taxonomic significance (shape of nephridial vesicles and structure of longitudinal muscles) are compiled for the first time.

Key words:  Lumbricidae, earthworm, determination, Austria.