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First record of Bothrioneurum vejdovskyanum tolc, 1886 (Oligochaeta, Tubificidae) in Serbia

DOI: 10.2298/abs1203123a

Keywords: Bothrioneurum vejdovskyanum , Tubificidae , rare species , Ibar River , Serbia

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We report the discovery of Bothrioneurum vejdovskyanum tolc, 1886 (Annelida: Oligochaeta: Tubificidae: Rhyacodrilinae) in Serbian freshwaters. Fifteen specimens were found in the middle course of the River Ibar (southern Serbia), at a locality where the macrolithal type of substrate and strong currents prevail. These organisms were found together with Stylodrilus heringianus (Claparede, 1862). They were among the most abundant Oligochaeta species. The species are described and its biology and distribution are discussed. The present record contributes to the knowledge on the general distribution of this rare species, particularly in the Balkans (southeastern Europe). [Acknowledgments. This work was supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Serbia, Projects No. ON 173025 and III 43002]

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