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Andiorrhinus (Andiorrhinus) kuru sp. nov. (Oligochaeta: Glossoscolecidae), a giant earthworm as food resource for Makiritare Indians of the Alto Rio Padamo, Amazonas, Venezuela

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A new species, Andiorrhinus (Andiorrhinus) kuru sp. nov., of Glossoscolecidae (Oligochaeta) from the Alto Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela, is described. The Makiritare Indians traditionally consume this species of earthworm together with another one called motto (Andiorrhinus (Amazonidrilus) motto Righi and Araujo, 1999) and a few other caterpillars, termites, aquatic insects, and weevill larvae. Andiorrhinus (A.) kuru is a large terrestrial earthworm living in the upland forest of the high river Padamo. The Makiritare collect it by digging into the soil with machetes. The species lives 10–20 cm deep in the soil close to the root mat of the trees.

Nous décrivons Andiorrhinus (Andiorrhinus) kuru sp. nov., une nouvelle espèce de Glossoscolecidae (Oligochaeta) de l'Alto Orinoco, état d'Amazonas, Venezuela. Les indigènes Makiritare consomment traditionnellement cette espèce de ver de terre, de même qu'une autre connue sous le nom de motto (Andiorrhinus (Amazonidrilus) motto Righi et Araujo, 1999), ainsi que quelques autres chenilles, termites, insectes aquatiques et larves de charançons. Andiorrhinus (A.) kuru est un oligochète terrestre de grande taille qui vit dans la forêt d'altitude de l'amont de la rivière Padamo. Les indigènes Makiritare le récolte en creusant dans le sol à l'aide d'une machette. L'espèce vit à 10–20 cm de profondeur dans le sol près des réseaux de racines des arbres.[Traduit par la Rédaction]

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2004

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