Redhead Worm - Lumbricus rubellus


Typical size of adult is 6.5cm. The upper surface of the body, from the first segment to the saddle, is usually entirely dark in colour (reddish brown). It Sometimes flattens its tail into a paddle shape.It has a tanylobic head, closely paired setae and the clitellum on segments 26/27 to 32.

Identification difficulty

Found in most habitats and seems to have the least habitat specificity of all British earthworms. Lives in the topsoil and leaf litter, particularly in organic-rich environments.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Widespread and common.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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