Earthworm resources of Benghazi, Libya.

Original article


Nair GA, El-Mariami MA, Briones MJ, Filogh AM, Youssef AK.

Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, University of Garyoounis, Post Box 9480, Benghazi, Libya.

J Environ Biol. 2005 Apr;26(2):175-8.


This study presents the first survey of earthworm species (Oligochaeta) from Benghazi, a Mediterranean coastal city in Libya. A total of three peregrine species were recorded: Allolobophora caliginosa trapezoides, Allolobophora rosea (Family: Lumbricidae), Microscolex dubius (Family: Microscolecidae). Their distribution and density in six habitats (vegetable garden, flower garden, green house, farmland, grassland, plain barren landscape) are discussed in relation to some of the physico-chemical parameters and composition of the soil.

Keywords: Benghazi, Earthworm species, Habitats, Soil factors.