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[Annelida] Action wanted on behalf of Driloleirus americanus (Smith, 1897)

Geoff Read via annelida%40net.bio.net (by g.read from niwa.co.nz)
Wed Oct 3 19:32:05 EST 2007

Forwarded to me for your interest:

Giant Palouse earthworm (Driloleirus americanus), prairie native of 
parts of Idaho and Washington

"The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) just sent out a notice about 
trying to protect the threatened habitat of this worm, and thus the 
threatened worm itself, once abundant but now very rare. Since it is 
probably the first time that a worm might be able to save an area, I 
thought it deserved wider attention. It would not hurt if at least the 
US contingent wrote in to the Fish & Wildlife Service. The article from 
CBD has the url below:


"Another site dealing with this is at: 

The above url has 6 links.

Smith, Frank. 1897. Upon an undescribed species of Megascolides from the
United States. - The American Naturalist 31: 202-204.

Rubber Dodo award (political background): 

   Geoff Read <g.read from niwa.co.nz>

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