Story: Earthworms

Mature worm

Mature worm

You can see that this is a mature worm because of the well developed clitellum – a swollen gland that secretes fluid for building a cocoon for the eggs. As this litter-dwelling worm spends some of its time in the open, its body is darkly pigmented for protection against ultraviolet light.

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Gregor Yeates, 'Earthworms - The earthworm body', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 June 2024)

Story by Gregor Yeates, published 24 Nov 2008