Story: Native plants and animals – overview

Native worm

Native worm

This native worm Octochaetus multiporus is rather large. Gigantism is a common feature of many plants and animals on isolated islands such as New Zealand. The exact reasons for this are poorly understood, but larger size seems to benefit some organisms, perhaps because there are fewer competitors and predators on islands than on continents.

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Soil Bugs – An Illustrated Guide to New Zealand Soil Invertebrates
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Bob Brockie, 'Native plants and animals – overview - Species unique to New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 March 2023)

Story by Bob Brockie, published 24 Sep 2007