All images on this website have been taken in Leicestershire and Rutland by NatureSpot members. We welcome new contributions - just register and use the Submit Records form to post your photos. Click on any image below to visit the species page. The RED / AMBER / GREEN dots indicate how easy it is to identify the species - see our Identification Difficulty page for more information. A coloured rating followed by an exclamation mark denotes that different ID difficulties apply to either males and females or to the larvae - see the species page for more detail.
Worms & Leeches
Nematodes, or roundworms, are in the phylum Nematoda. This is a large and diverse group, probably best known for those species that are plant parasites so come to the attention of gardeners. Most live in the soil but they have adapted to nearly every habitat, including marine and freshwater. They are very difficult to tell apart so you won't see many species represented here!