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Lake Pedder planarian

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Lake Pedder planarian
Scientific classification
R. pedderensis
Binomial name
Romankenkius pedderensis
Ball, 1974

The Lake Pedder planarian (Romankenkius pedderensis) is a species of invertebrate in the Dugesiidae family.[2]

Distribution and conservation status

Lake Pedder, ca. 1970.
Lake Pedder, ca. 1970.

It was endemic to the Lake Pedder area in Tasmania, Australia prior to its flooding in 1972 for a hydro-electric power scheme. Since 1986 this species has been considered extinct by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.[1] However, recently collected specimens of this species were described in 2006.[3] The ongoing existence of the species was confirmed in 2012.[4]

See also


  1. ^ a b World Conservation Monitoring Centre (1996). "Romankenkius pedderensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 1996: e.T19741A9008480. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.1996.RLTS.T19741A9008480.en.
  2. ^ Sluys, R., Kawakatsu, M., Riutort, M. & Baguñà, J. 2009. "A new higher classification of planarian flatworms (Platyhelminthes, Tricladida)". Journal of Natural History, vol. 43, pàg. 1763-1777.
  3. ^ Grant, L.J., Sluys, R. & Blair, D. Biodiversity of Australian freshwater planarians (Platyhelminthes: Tricladida: Paludicola): new species and localities, and a review of paludicolan distribution in Australia. Systematics and Biodiversity 4, 435-471 (2006).
  4. ^ Forteath, G.N.R. and Osborn, A.W. Survival of endemic invertebrates of Lake Pedder and Lake Edgar subsequent to inundation. Records of the Queen Victoria Museum 116:2012

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