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Checklist of "Turbellaria" (Platyhelminthes) from São Paulo State, Brazil

A recent survey of the literature and databases on turbellarian fauna from the State of São Paulo, Brazil, yielded a total of 312 species (including Acoelomorpha, a new phylum) inhabiting marine, as well as freshwater, and terrestrial habitats. In 1999, approximately 333 species were registered. This higher number is related to a number of species synonymized thereafter, and probably related to lower accuracy of prior accounts. Nonetheless, the only two taxonomists studying this animal group in the State estimated a much higher actual number of species. In the State there are three scientific collections containing turbellarians, almost exclusively from terrestrial habitats.

Turbellaria; biodiversity of the State of São Paulo; BIOTA/FAPESP Program

Instituto Virtual da Biodiversidade | BIOTA - FAPESP Departamento de Biologia Vegetal - Instituto de Biologia, UNICAMP CP 6109, 13083-970 - Campinas/SP, Tel.: (+55 19) 3521-6166, Fax: (+55 19) 3521-6168 - Campinas - SP - Brazil