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Iridescent earthworm

Observed: 11th August 2011 By: Anna0289
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Description:

Help with I.D. can't find anything on this at all.

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

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Anna0289's picture

detail/zoom veiw

To see the iridescent spots you need to use the detailed zoom view of the photo.

Anna0289's picture

Slime

Just found out that some earthworms lubricate themselves with iridescent slime. The one that I found was crawling along a stone path on a summers day. That explains that then.

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Thanks

I can stop trawling Google now.

Sarah West's picture

Too young to tell species...

Hi Anna
It is very difficult to tell the species of immature earthworms (which don't have a saddle or reproductive parts). But see our guide here http://www.opalexplorenature.org/Earthwormguide for adult worms.
Sarah

Sarah West
www.OPALexplorenature.org
OPAL Community Scientist
Yorkshire and Humber