Kōrero: 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.

Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi

Soil Bugs – An Illustrated Guide to New Zealand Soil Invertebrates
Reference: P1010180
Photograph by Alastair Robertson and Maria Minor

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Bob Brockie, 'Native plants and animals – overview - Species unique to New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/10595/native-worm (accessed 20 November 2019)

He kōrero nā Bob Brockie, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007