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Earthworms

(Lumbricina)

 

Category: Invertebrates

 

 

These tube shaped, segmented worms commonly live in the soil and feed on both live and dead organic matter. Earthworms are hermaphrodites, meaning they have both male and female reproductive organs. There are over 6000 named species of earthworms, ranging in size from less than half an inch to over nine feet long! Earthworms have no doubt played a keystone role in human agriculture, as their activity aerates the soil and mixes in organic material, creating conditions favorable for plant growth.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthworm

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Annelida
Class - Oligochaeta
Order - Megadrilacea

 
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