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What are three earthworm adaptations?
ADAPTATIONS OF EARTHWORM Elongated, slender and streamlined body which is much helpful in burrowing habitat. Presence of setae and musculature which help it in locomotion and also for anchorage. Secretion of mucous to plaster the internal walls of the burrow. Coelomic fluid oozing through dorsal pores keeps skin moist.
How does a worm move through soil?
An earthworm moves using circular and longitudinal muscles, as well as bristles called setae. The earthworm can push the setae out of its body to grab the soil around it. To move forward, the worm uses its setae to anchor the front of its body and contracts the longitudinal muscles to shorten its body.
What does an earthworm do for soil?
Perhaps no other living organism in the soil is as important as an earthworm in helping to increase soil health. Earthworms increase soil aeration, infiltration, structure, nutrient cycling, water movement, and plant growth. Earthworms are one of the major decomposers of organic matter.
Can earthworms live in human body?
It lives in contaminated soil, so it only enters the body when people ingest the eggs. Inside the body, this worm lives in the intestines. People with an ascariasis infection often show few to no symptoms. However, severe infections may cause intestinal blockages or impair growth in children.
Do worms crawl or slither?
Worms don’t slither. They wriggle. They pull themselves a long by tightening up their circular muscles to become longer. They then squeeze up their longer muscles to pull their rear up to the front.
What characteristics are used to identify earthworms?
The external body characters used in identifying different species of earthworms are: the segmental position of the clitellum on the body, body length, body shape (cylindrical or flattened), number of body segments, type and position of body bristles or setae, the description of the tongue-like lobe, the prostomium.
Why can’t earthworms self fertilize?
they can’t reproduce by self-fertilization. the reason is that the male and therefore the female sex organs don’t mature at an equivalent time. Thus, the sperms which are released by the earthworms cannot fertilize the egg within the same earthworm. This prevents the method of self-fertilization.