How to identify: the Octagonal-tailed worm

Octagonal-tailed wormScientific name
Dendrobaena octaedra

Habitat
Locally abundant. Lives in leaf litter.

Diet
Leaf litter

Size
Typical size of adult is 3cm

Characteristics

  • Short in length
  • Upper surface of the body, from the first segment to the saddle, is entirely dark in colour
  • Visible male pores (see earthworm key for image)
  • The tail is octagonal in cross-section but this is very difficult to see in live earthworms

 

 

 

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