SEM of head of earthworm

SEM of head of earthworm

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Caption: False-colour scanning electron micrograph showing the head of a common earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris). Particularly clear in this image is the segmentation of the body, the mouth at the tip of the head, and the rows of tiny thorn-like projections along the 'back' which aid movement. L. terrestris is the commonest species of earthworm in Europe, inhabiting chalky soils for preference. Adults may grow to 30cm in length. Their diet of organic substances in the soil aids the regeneration of mineral supplies, and their movement helps to break up the soil and improve aeration. They are thus vital to the regeneration of arable soils. Magnification x5 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: animal, annelid worm, annelida, earthworm, false-coloured, fauna, invertebrate, invertebrates, lumbricus terrestris, nature, scanning electron micrograph, sem, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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