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International Journal of Soil Science

Year: 2011  |  Volume: 6  |  Issue: 2  |  Page No.: 124 - 133

Earthworm Resources of Western Himalayan Region, India

Deepshikha Verma and Shweta

Abstract

The aim of the study was to update the existing information on earthworm biodiversity in the study area with particular reference to vermicomposting species. A field survey of earthworms in Doon valley of Western Himalayan region conducted in September 2009, enlists 12 species belonging to 7 genera and 4 families. Information on earthworms’ scientific name, family, origin, locality and voucher specimen number, date of collection, general habitat are given for each species discussed in the text. Drawida nepalensis, Eutyphoeus orientalis, Lampito mauritii and Perionyx sansibaricus have been identified as potential species for vermicomposting with a preference for dung heap. Eutyphoeus pharpingianus Michaelsen, Octochaetona betarix Beddard, Lampito mauritii Kinberg, Metaphire anomala Michaelsen, Metaphire posthuma Vaillant are reported for the first-time from the study area. Need for exploration of such unstudied areas for earthworm biodiversity has been re-stressed.

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