Green Worm - Allolobophora chlorotica


    Allolobophora chlorotica, the Green Worm, is an earthworm that comes in two colour morphs - a muddy greenish yellowy form and a pinker one. It is thought the different colour morphs of chlorotica have slightly different habitat niches with the green morph needing very wet conditions, the pink morph preferring slightly drier conditions. This species stands out amongst the other earthworms due to the presence of three pairs of 'sucker like' discs on the underside of the clitellum.

    Identification difficulty

    It can be found in a range of habitats from woodland and arable land to your own front lawn.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    A. chlorotica falls into the endogeic group of earthworms with horizontal burrows. These are the soil feeders and very rarely come to the surface.

    UK Status

    Widespread and very common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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