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This section presents a list of reference books and articles relevant to the study of aquatic oligochaetes of the Netherlands and Belgium. 189 species of oligochaetes have been reported from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, including 55 Megadriles or earthworms. This means a total of 134 species of aquatic oligochaetes crodriles which is about 25% of the Palaearctic fauna. For the majority of taxa, aquatic oligochaetes are identified by using only external morphological characteristics, especially within the Naidinae.

Keywords: aquatic oligochaetes; Belgium; Netherlands; Palaearctic fauna



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