Pelodrilus bureschi Mich., one of two species of limicolous oligochaetes strictly confined to a subterranean environment and previously known from several caves in Bulgaria and Yugoslavia, was recently found in three caves in the Banat Mountains, Romania. Examination of sexually mature worms showed that they are within the range of variability of P. bureschi and that there is no reason to describe a form peculiar to the caves of Banat. Pelodrilus has almost always been found in the mud or clay covering the bottom of pools of variable size, which are filled by periodic flooding of underground water courses. The Banat colonies are small.
Botea, Francise and Lazare Botoşaneanu.
Pelodrilus bureschi Mich. 1924 (Oligochaeta Haplotaxidae dans les grottes du Banat (Roumanie).
International Journal of Speleology,
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