Lumbriculus variegatus

Alternative names

A small, slender, many-segmented aquatic worm with a thin cuticle (body wall).

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


Freshwater environments, including streams, lakes, marshes, wells and groundwater.

UK Status

Appears to be widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map