Aporodrilus mortenseni (Michaelsen, 1924)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Megascolex mortenseni Michaelsen, 1924; Anisochaeta mortenseni (Michaelsen, 1924); Notoscolex mortenseni (Michaelsen, 1924); Megascolides mortenseni (Michaelsen, 1924)


Conservation Status


Last record: 1915

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)



Palmerston North, North Island, New Zealand


Biology & Ecology










Original description:

Michaelsen, W. (1924). Papers from Dr. Th. Mortensen’s Pacific Expedition 1914–16. XVII. Oligochäten von Neuseeland und den Auckland - Campbell - Inseln, Nebst einigen anderen Pacifischen Formen. Videnskabelige Meddelelser fra Dansk Naturhistorisk Forening i København. 75: 197-240.


Other references:

Blakemore, Robert J. (2010). New zeal for new New Zealand earthworms (Acanthodrilidae, Octochaetidae, Megascolecidae, Lumbricidae: Oligochaeta: Annelida). VermEcology, Japan, 55 pp., CD.

Blakemore, Robert J. (2011). Further records of non-cryptic New Zealand earthworms. ZooKeys 160: 23-46.

Blakemore, Robert J. (2014). Miscellaneous earthworm types in the Natural History Museum, London (Annelida: Oligochaeta: Megadrilacea: Eudrilidae, Lumbricidae, Megascolecidae, Moniligastridae, Octochaetidae). Opusc. Zool. Budapest 45(2): 119-155.

Blakemore, Robert J. (2016). Cosmopolitan Earthworms – an Eco-Taxonomic Guide to the Peregrine Species of the World. VermEcology, Yokohama. [relevant reference?]

Buckley, T. R., Boyer, S., Bartlam, S., Hitchmough, R., Rolfe, J. and Stringer, I. (2015). Conservation status of New Zealand earthworms, 2014. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 10. Department of Conservation, Wellington. 10 pp.

Lee, Kenneth Ernest. (1952). Studies on the Earthworm Fauna of New Zealand. III. Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 80: 23-45.

Lee, Kenneth Ernest. (1959). The earthworm fauna of New Zealand. New Zealand Department of Scientific & Industrial Research Bulletin. 130: 1-486.


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