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Robert Wernsmanon 30 September 2013
Transcript of Enchytraeus buchholzi
What they do for the environment
Grindal worms thrive in 50-70°F soil
No threat to the species: it is easily and widely cultured for fish food
Species: Enchytraeus buchholzi
Use clitellum for reproduction
Commonly called a Grindal Worm
Commonly known as "White Worms"
Help maintain the soil's pH balance
Attracted to acidity, they feast on the animal or compost causing it
Rich, organic environments are preferred
Adults are roughly 10mm in length
0.5-1mm in diameter
Need moisture to survive - swamps/ponds
Change depth depending on moisture and to escape light, as they dry out easily
Usually have few setae
Uses Clitellum to create mucus sleeve to exchange sperm cells
Transparent cocoons are made by both parents
Generally producing 10-25 eggs each
Small, white worms
Excellent food source - High in protein
They will eat nearly anything organic
"Animal Diversity Web." ADW: Enchytraeus Buchholzi: CLASSIFICATION. University of Michigan, n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2013. <http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/Enchytraeus_buchholzi/classification/>.
Erséus, Timm T. "WoRMS - World Register of Marine Species." WoRMS - World Register of Marine Species. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2013. <http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails>.
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Very high protein and low fat content (less than 3%) make these worms an excellent choice for live fish food
The eggs will hatch in ~12 days
The white worms can produce eggs every 20-30 days
Life span of ~2 months
Produces 750-1000 eggs in it's lifetime
The Genus of Enchytraeus (White worms) are a disease-free genus, with no known parasites or fungi.