Story: Earthworms

Inside an earthworm

Inside an earthworm

An earthworm is basically a long tube composed of many segments. At the front is a simple brain, but there are no eyes, ears or nose. However, the many nerve cells on the surface of the worm can detect light, vibrations and the roughness of the material around it.

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Source: Bobbie Kalman, The life cycle of an earthworm. New York: Crabtree, 2004

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Gregor Yeates, 'Earthworms - The earthworm body', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/diagram/15487/inside-an-earthworm (accessed 20 October 2019)

Story by Gregor Yeates, published 24 Nov 2008