Cold hardiness and geographic distribution of earthworms (Oligochaeta, Lumbricidae, Moniligastridae)

  title={Cold hardiness and geographic distribution of earthworms (Oligochaeta, Lumbricidae, Moniligastridae)},
  author={E. N. Meshcheryakova and Daniil I. Berman},
  journal={Entomological Review},
Cold hardiness of 12 species and 2 subspecies of earthworms from Northern Eurasia was studied. Supercooling temperatures, the water content and the thresholds of tolerated temperatures of worms and their cocoons were determined. The threshold values varied within −1…−35°C for worms and within −1…−196°C for cocoons. Earthworms of 4 species and 2 subspecies survived freezing. Cocoons of all species except Eisenia fetida possessed a protective dehydration mechanism which prevented their freezing… CONTINUE READING


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