Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 20 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Yes. Earthworms are of great benefit to the environment. The benefits are classified into three sub-categories: "biological, chemical and physical", and are often situated with soil activity. They improve both the physical structure and the fertility of the soil. Weed growth can be suppressed by a large earthworm population.
|What is the IUCN conservation status' of the Giant Gippsland earthworm?
||Species of Worms
Vulnerable. The Giant Gippsland earthworms is native to Australia and can reach lengths of 80 centimetres. They are 20 centimetres long" when born.
Source 2: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Gippsland_earthworm
|In the class of "Cestoda", what are parasitic flatworms called?
||Species of Worms
Tapeworms. When tapeworms are ingested, they are known to starve their hosts by feeding on the food the host digests. This may occur in both humans and animals if infected meat is eaten.
|What is the common name for the group of worms known as Echiura?
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Spoon worms. Echiura are commonly known as spoon worms. Their often colorful bodies have no segments, and their common name derives from their spoon-shaped frontal structure.
Nematoda. Roundworms belong to the phylum Nematoda. There are over 15,000 parasitic species. Roundworms are found in freshwater and can be found as far south as Antarctica.
|Which sea is home to the Hermodice carunculata (bearded fireworm)?||Species of Worms
Mediterranean Sea. The Hermodice carunculata (bearded fireworm) is found in the Mediterranean Sea. They are called fireworms because contact with their bristles may cause a burning sensation. The bearded fireworms live in reefs, usually under seaweed or muddy areas, at depths up to 60-150 metres below the surface.
WARNING: Fireworms are highly toxic.
Source 1: http://www.salt-city.org/showthread.php?t=667
Source 2: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearded_fireworm
Streams and puddles. Horsehair worms live in damp environments like streams and puddles. They are called 'horsehair' because they closely resemble the hair of horses. Horsehair worms are very similar to tapeworms and are parasitic.
Marine. Ribbon worms are usually found in marine environments due to advantages in feeding and camouflage. When extremely hungry, ribbon worms have been known to eat themselves!
Southern Hemisphere. The Southern Hemisphere's tropical climate creates excellent conditions for breeding. Velvet worms are known to "shoot slime" at their prey in order to capture it.
|A common worm is the arrow worm. These creatures live in the ocean, and are about one inch long. That's about two and a half centimeters. In what kind of waters do these animals live?||The Wonderful, Wriggly World of Worms
Tropical Oceans. Arrow worms come together in vast numbers. They are one of the strangest of all worms. They are transparent, and hunt plankton and small fish. They have miniature fins on their sides.
Chaetae. The cilia are the hairs covering the bodies of protists. Plasmodia are parasites that cause malaria. Finnally, turbellaria is the scientific name for non-parasitic flatworms.
|An odd species of worm is the spoon worm. One species, called the bonellia spoon worm, is common in the Mediterranean Sea. The female in vivid in color. Which color is she?||The Wonderful, Wriggly World of Worms
Green. The female bonellia has a body only six inches long, but a proboscis three feet (one meter) long! The male, however, is microscopic in size. Spoon worms can be found in rock crevices or burrows in the mud.
|A well-known species of flatworm is the tapeworm. These worms are mainly parasitic. They can grow very long. In fact, the largest can grow up to 66 feet, or 20 meters, in length! What species of animal does this worm live in?||The Wonderful, Wriggly World of Worms
Whales. A creature similar to tapeworms is the fluke. Though both are mainly parasites, one major difference is their size. The longest flukes are only a few inches/centimeters long, whereas the longest tapeworms are enormous!
|One of the more populous species of worms is the roundworm. These creatures are both parasitic and non-parasitic. They live in all habitats, including soil. What is the name of the longest roundworm?||The Wonderful, Wriggly World of Worms
Guinea Roundworm. Roundworms that live in soil mainly eat plants. Among the more common roundworms is the eelworm. This creature mainly eats the roots of tomato plants, potato plants, and sugar beets. There may be up to half a million roundworms in a single spadeful of garden soil!
|There are about thirty different groups of worms. Leeches, earthworms, and sludge worms all belong to one group of worm. This group, also called the segmented or true worm group, is the largest. There are about twelve thousand different species of worm in this group. Which group is it?||The Wonderful, Wriggly World of Worms
The Annelid Worms. Annelid worms include include earthworms, sludge worms, fan worms, leeches, amd bristleworms. The annelid group is divided into three smaller subgroups. The first is the earthworm group, which includes sludge worms, the leech group, and the largest group, the bristleworm group. The bristleworm group alone contains over half of all annelid worms!
|Let's start with the most well-known species of worm: the earthworm. Earthworms have an enlarged segment in their body, usually around the center. What is this segment called?||The Wonderful, Wriggly World of Worms
Clitellum. The clitellum, also known as the saddle, is used for mating. An interesting fact about earthworms is that they are hermaphrodites, meaning that they possess male and female parts. Thus, when earthworms mate, eggs form around both earthworms' clitellums, which later slip off.