Phylum: Annelida  Classes: Polychaeta, Clitellata

This invertebrate phylum includes earthworms, bristleworms, leeches and ragworms. There are over 17,000 species found in a wide range of environments. They can survive in extremes of temperatures from the coldest depths of the oceans to bubbling hot hydrothermal vents.

For more information on annelids in general click here 

Trinidad & Tobago Annelids

Annelids are found in virtually all local habitats. Earthworms are obviously found in soil and include some large species such as the giant earthworm found in the Northern Range of Trinidad, these worms make a slurping sound as they retreat down their burrows when people approach. In the seas there are many species of annelids in the mudflats, coral reefs and sandy areas. Leeches can be found in freshwater habitats as well as the rainforests.

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UWIZM Collections

The collections are quite small with only a few specimens in spirit. There are a few earthworms and leeches but most of the specimens are marine polychaetes including the bearded fireworm (Hermodice carunculata), commonly found on coral reefs.


Bearded fireworms in spirit

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Last updated 14 June 2018


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