The Aquatic Worm: Oligochaeta
What I found in West End Pond
What is an Aquatic Worm???
-Can grow up to 5 centimeters long and are 1 millimeter wide.
-Are very common in water.
-If seen through a microscope, you can see the aquatic worm's organs like the intestines.
-Are hermaphrodites, which means they are neither male or female.
-Are able to mate and both partners can lay the eggs. (NEAT!)
-Help break down pollutants in the mud at the bottom of the water source.
-May be the host of a dangerous parasite known as The Big Red Worm.
-The life span of an aquatic worm is about 1 to 2 years.
-Like other worms, can regenerate body segments that are either damaged or lost.