Facts about Worms

Invertebrate animals commonly called "worms" include annelids (earthworms and marine polychaete or bristle worms), nematodes (roundworms), platyhelminthes (flatworms), marine nemertean worms ("bootlace worms"), marine Chaetognatha (arrow worms), priapulid worms, and insect larvae such as grubs and maggots.

Children touch and then swallow the tiny worm eggs without realising it. The worms hatch in the gut, then wriggle out of a person's bottom at night to lay more eggs. The female threadworm lays tiny eggs around the anus and vagina (in females). It also secretes mucus that makes you scratch the area.

Lacking lungs or other specialized respiratory organs, earthworms breathe through their skin. ... Later, the clitellum, a collarlike organ that goes around the worm's body the way a cigar band does a cigar, produces a ring around the worm. As the worm crawls out of the ring, it fills the ring with eggs and sperm.Feb 26, 2014

Worms help to increase the amount of air and water that gets into the soil. They break down organic matter, like leaves and grass into things that plants can use. When they eat, they leave behind castings that are a very valuable type of fertilizer. Earthworms are like free farm help.

Eating: Worms do not have teeth, but their mouths are muscular and strong. ... Leftover soil particles and undigested organic matter pass out of the worm through the rectum and anus in the form of castings, or worm poop. Worm poop is dark, moist, soil-colored, and very rich in nutrients.

A. Each cocoon holds from one to twenty fertilized ova or eggs-depending on the species and also nutrition of the adults laying them and environmental conditions like soil moisture. Usually only a few to several young worms successfully emerge from each cocoon.

2. Earthworms. While it is not technically a “heart,” the aortic arch of the earthworm performs a similar function and is commonly referred to as one for the sake of simplicity. An earthworm has five arches/hearts that are segmented and pump blood throughout its body.Oct 20, 2013

But animals with simple nervous systems, like lobsters, snails and worms, do not have the ability to process emotional information and therefore do not experience suffering, say most researchers. ... But vertebrates with spines have much more advanced nervous systems and can feel real pain and suffering, Stevens explained.May 11, 2005

If an earthworm is split in two, it will not become two new worms. The head of the worm may survive and regenerate its tail if the animal is cut behind the clitellum. But the original tail of the worm will not be able to grow a new head (or the rest of its vital organs), and will instead die.Jul 24, 2013

The ventral blood vessels are responsible for carrying blood to the back of the earthworm's body. Earthworms do not have lungs. They breathe through their skin. Oxygen and carbon dioxide pass through the earthworm's skin by diffusion.

Animal manures are an important food source for earthworms. They eat living organisms such as nematodes, protozoans, rotifers, bacteria, fungi in soil. Worms will also feed on the decomposing remains of other animals. A. They don't have teeth but they have strong mouth muscles.

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