Occurs in two different forms, a muddy greenish-yellow colour, and a pale grey colour.
Widely distributed and often the most numerous earthworm in all but the most acidic habitats.
Lives in the topsoil, often among plant roots.
Small to medium-sized species. Typical adult size up to 5cm in length when not moving.
- Yellow ring towards the head
- Often curls up in the hand
- Both colour forms have three pairs of sucker-like discs on the underside of alternate segments of the saddle (not always easy to see)
- Can produce large amounts of yellow fluid from pores along its body when disturbed