The intertidal fauna of the Antarctic Peninsula has a relatively high species diversity, due to its warmer environment compared to other parts of Antarctica. Marine oligochaetes are, in general, one of the most diverse and ecologically important benthic organism groups, at least in the littoral zone. Antarctica has been one of the least studied areas with regard to oligochaete diversity. Here we report two Lumbricillus species (Lumbricillus antarcticus Stephenson, 1932 and Lumbricillus sejongensis sp. nov.) new to Antarctica, found in a tidal pool on the Barton Peninsula, King George Island. The diversity of this genus remains poorly known for Antarctica and the Subantarctic islands, and what we know is based on a few patchy studies.
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The specimens were provided by KOPRI. We are grateful to Dr Sanghee Kim (KOPRI) for collecting the material and Professor Christer Erséus (Gothenburg, Sweden) for his guidance and review of the manuscript. Thanks also to Hanna Kim (Ewha Woman’s University, Korea) and Dr Seunghyun Kang (KOPRI) for assistance in collecting material.
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- Intertidal fauna
- King George Island
- Lumbricillus antarcticus
- Lumbricillus sejongensis sp