How to identify: the Chestnut worm

Chestnut wormScientific name
Lumbricus castaneus

Habitat
Common and widespread, found in many habitats. Lives in leaf litter and under logs.

Size
Typical size of adult is 4cm

Characteristics

  • Short in length
  • Upper surface of body, from the first segment to the saddle, is entirely dark in colour (chestnut brown)
  • Male pores not visible (see earthworm key for image)
  • A raised whitish gland is visible on the underside between the saddle and the head (see earthworm key for image)

 

 

 

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