Polyploid races of earthworms (Lumbricidae, Oligochaeta) in the East European plain and Siberia

  • Vsevolodova-Perel T
  • Bulatova N
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Abstract

The distribution of polyploid races of earthworms in the East European plain and Siberia was analyzed. Amphimictic autopolyploid races of two species of the Asian genus Eisenia, E. nordenskioldi and E. atlaviniteae, are widespread in Siberia, from its southern boundary to the arctic region, while polyploid Lumbricidae in the East-European plain, except for the Volga region, are represented mainly by parthenogenetic forms of other genera. This is presumably related to differences in the Pleistocene environmental history between the two adjacent geographic regions of Eurasia.

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  • T. S. Vsevolodova-Perel

  • N. Sh. Bulatova

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