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  Subfamily Naidinae

Genus Nais

    Species N. barbata -- Wisconsin!
    Species N. alpina -- midwestern North America.
    Species N. behningi -- North America.
    Species N. bicuspidalis -- North America.
    Species N. bretscheri -- North America.
    Species N. christinae -- North America.
    Species N. communis -- North America.
    Species N. elinguis -- North America.
    Species N. magnaseta -- North America.
    Species N. pardalis -- North America.
    Species N. pseudobtusa -- North America.
    Species N. simplex -- North America.
    Species N. variabilis -- North America.

Taxon Information

The Genus Nais has been reported (or is assumed) to occur in fresh waters. This taxon has been reported from Wisconsin.

(These statements were generated automatically from the WInvertebrates database.)

Literature Records

  • Nais, [North America] (Govedich et al., 2010).
  • Nais, large genus with several common and widely distributed species [North America] (Smith, 2001).
  • Nais, [North Central United States] (Underhill et al., 1982).
  • Nais, (Hiltunen & Klemm, 1980).
  • Nais, (Goodnight, 1959).


  • Govedich, F.R., B.A. Bain, W.E. Moser, S.R. Gelder, R.W. Davies & R.O. Brinkhurst. 2010. Annelida (Clitellata): Oligochaeta, Branchiobdellida, Hirudinida, and Acanthobdellida. [in] J.H. Thorp & A.P. Covich (eds.). Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates, 3rd edition: 385-436.
  • Smith, D.G. 2001. Annelida (Polychaetes, Aeolosomatidae, aquatic oligochaetes, Branchiobdellida, leeches). Pennak's Freshwater Invertebrates of the United States, 4th edition: 269-325.
  • Underhill, J.C., W.D. Schmid & D.E. Gilbertson. 1982. Taxonomic Keys to the Common Animals of the North Central States, exclusive of the parasitic worms, terrestrial insects, and birds, 4th edition. 205 pp.
  • Hiltunen, J.K. & D.J. Klemm. 1980. A guide to the Naididae (Annelida: Clitellata: Oligochaeta) of North America. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 47 pp. [Available online]
  • Goodnight, C.J. 1959. Oligochaeta. [in] W.T. Edmondson (ed.). Ward & Whipple Fresh-Water Biology, 2nd edition: 522-537.

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