[Annelida] Biggest earthworm

romunov via annelida%40net.bio.net (by romunov from gmail.com)
Mon Mar 30 20:11:45 EST 2009

FWIW, Invertebrate zoology by Ruppert, Fox and Barnes (2004) lists giant
Australian earthworm *Megascolides australis* as the largest oligochaete at
around 3 meters.


On Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 9:37 PM, James Mahaffy <Mahaffy from dordt.edu> wrote:

> Folks,
> I am lecturing on annelids in Zoology and I decided to check the size of
> the largest worms. A number of places on the internet give 22 feet as the
> size of a record for "The South African Giant Earthworm grows to be up to 22
> feet and is the largest earthworm known. The record-setting specimen was
> found beside a road in William's Town, South Africa, in 196&."   This came
> from http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0621/p18s02-hfks.html but I saw the
> same length quoted on a lot of sites.  That almost sounds to be too big to
> me but it sounds like it might have been specimen vouchered.
> Is this right?  I know the South Africa giant worm typically only 6 feet
> long.
> Also are al the Lumbricus terrestris worm in North America european worms
> that displaced native earthworms?
> Thanks.
> bcc to my Zoology class.
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