Giant earthworms

Alan Cooper acooper at biology.ucla.edu
Mon Apr 14 22:26:07 EST 1997


I am a molecular researcher studying the break-up of Gondwana and its
affect on vertebrates (birds mostly) and now, invertebrates. A group that
appears particularly interesting is the giant earthworms of the Southern
continents: S. America, S. Africa, NZ, Aust., Sri Lanka (and possibly
Madagascar?). Consequently, I'm hoping someone can point me towards any
recent research on their phylogeny, morphological or molecular. My research
is based on DNA sequencing material from museum specimens, so I am
particularly interested in the location of any decent museum collections of
giant earthworms. If anyone has any useful info, please let me know.

Thanks for your time


Alan Cooper

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