Lumbriculus variegatus

    Alternative names
    Blackworm
    Description

    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.

    Habitat

    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

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

    UK Map