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2007-10-17 03:00:11

By Melear, Claudia T Lunsford, Eddie Abstract. This article provides basic information on how a common species of earthworm, Eisenia fetida, can be used in the biology classroom as well as a discussion of how to establish and care for a vermicompost bin. We discuss ideas for inquiry activities with the organism and provide a sample-guided inquiry that demonstrates how a long-term, theme-based unit involving earthworms can address a wide variety of content from the National Science Education...

2006-07-31 20:14:13

By Gordon Bell CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Thousands of earthworms guzzle metric tons of scrap food left over from the tables of the rich and famous at South Africa's plush Mount Nelson hotel, quietly doing their bit to save the planet. Cape Town's oldest and most famous hotel -- a pink temple to pampering where visiting celebrities are welcomed by doormen in traditional colonial-era pith helmets -- has its own worm farm to help slash waste and, ultimately, tackle climate change. "This...

2006-04-13 13:53:29

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A species of worm that thrives on undersea hot-water vents prefers the hottest water possible, choosing to live at temperatures that kill other animals, researchers reported on Thursday. Their unique abilities to withstand hot water shooting like a geyser from hydrothermal openings may help the stalk-like worms prey on bacteria that other animals cannot reach, the researchers report in Friday's issue of the...

2006-04-13 14:17:04

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A species of worm that thrives on undersea hot-water vents prefers the hottest water possible, choosing to live at temperatures that kill other animals, researchers reported on Thursday. Their unique abilities to withstand hot water shooting like a geyser from hydrothermal openings may help the stalk-like worms prey on bacteria that other animals cannot reach, the researchers report in Friday's issue of the...

2006-04-13 14:15:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A species of worm that thrives on undersea hot-water vents prefers the hottest water possible, choosing to live at temperatures that kill other animals, researchers reported on Thursday. Their unique abilities to withstand hot water shooting like a geyser from hydrothermal openings may help the stalk-like worms prey on bacteria that other animals cannot reach, the researchers report in Friday's issue of the journal...

2006-02-22 06:47:03

PARADISE, Wash. (AP) - A tiny worm that lives in glaciers and snowfields is drawing attention for what it could reveal about life on other planets. The ice worm inhabits glacial regions in the coastal ranges of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. The odd creature easily moves through ice, is liveliest near the freezing point of water and dissolves into a goo when warmed. There's been increased interest in ice worms and other animals whose glacial habitat could disappear within...


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Christmas Tree Worm, Spirobranchus giganteus
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Christmas Tree Worm (Spirobranchus giganteus) is a species of small, tube-building polychaete worm in the Serpulidae family. It is widely distributed throughout the world’s tropical oceans, occurring abundantly from the Caribbean to the Indo-Pacific. The worm’s common and scientific nomenclature refers to the two chromatically hued spiral structures, most prominently seen by divers. These multicolored spiral structures are actually part of the worm’s highly derived respiratory...

Paralvinella sulfincola
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Paralvinella sulfincola is a species of worm in the Alvinellidae family. It lives among undersea hot-water vents, thriving in the hottest of waters, at temperatures that would kill most animals. This characteristic makes it an extremophile or hyperthermophile. Having the unique ability to withstand extremely hot water from hydrothermal openings enables this stalk-like worm to feed on bacteria that other animals cannot reach. It is difficult to know exactly what temperatures this species...

Giant Feather Duster Worm, Eudistylia polymorpha
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Giant Feather Duster Worm (Eudistylia polymorpha) is a species of marine polychaete worm of the Sabellidae family. Its range extends along the western coast of North America, from Alaska to California. It is most commonly found in the intertidal zone in tide pools and in the neritic (coastal) zone at depths up to 1,375 feet. It is often found in groups along rocks, reefs, pilings, wharves and marinas. Its common name comes from the crown of tentacles extended when the animal is under...

Phytobdella catenifera
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Phytobdella catenifera is a species of leech found in Peninsular Malaysia. The specimen was first collected from a brown tortoise in 1935. One record of the species was found in Gabai Falls, Selangor and has rarely been seen since. One reason is because it only attaches to reptiles and is of no threat to humans. This 2-inch-long terrestrial leech was named by Professor John Percy Moore due to the striking chain-striped pattern on the creature’s back. Recent studies on leech genetics...

Common Clam Worm, Alitta succinea
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Common Clam Worm (Alitta succinea) is a species of marine annelid of the Nereididae family of ragworms or sandworms. It is found throughout the Northwest Atlantic Ocean, especially in the Gulf of Maine; it is also found off the coast of South Africa. This species can reach a length of 6 inches, but most specimens are smaller. It is brown in color at the rear, and reddish-brown on the rest of the body. The head has four eyes, two sensory feelers and numerous tentacles. The body consists...

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