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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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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