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Freshwater Tube Worm (Aulophorus vagus)


Annelida > Clitellata > Oligochaeta > Haplotaxida > Naididae


A small (~7mm) freshwater worm which lives in a self-constructed tube made of various materials including sand, dirt, or plant matter. The worm is quite active, moving through water in a jerking motion: it extends its body forward hooking onto the surface, and then contracts its fore body to pull the posterior half enclosed within the tube forward (video). Its diet consists of algae and various small invertebrates.

References:
1. Reighard, B. 1884. On the Anatomy and Histology of Aulophorus Vagus

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