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Prospects of using the electrophoresis technique for identification of the taxonomic status of earthworms (Lumbricidae)
- Shepeleva, O. A., Kodolova, O. P., Striganova, B. R.
- Biology bulletin of the Russian Academy of Sciences 2010 v.37 no.2 pp. 174-178
- Aporrectodea caliginosa, Lumbricus rubellus, earthworms, integument, polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, proteins, species identification, tissues
- The polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis technique was used for comparison of common protein of body wall tissues in five species of Lumbricidae (Eisenia nordenskioldi, E. fetida, Lumbricus rubellus, Aporrectodea caliginosa, A. longa). The statistic processing of indexes of electrophoretic similarity revealed three levels of similarity: intraspecies, interspecies, and intergenus. It was discovered that the similarity of E. nordenskioldi and E. fetida proteins corresponded to the intergenus level. The use of this method for determination of the earthworm's taxonomic status is discussed.