Story: Earthworms

Earthworms mating

Earthworms mating

To mate, worms lie with their ventral sides (underneath) together, and their heads pointing in opposite directions. They come into contact, and exchange sperm. This part of their bodies is covered with slime tubes, to protect the sperm. 

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Gregor Yeates, 'Earthworms - The earthworm body', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 July 2024)

Story by Gregor Yeates, published 24 Nov 2008