Annelid in the ocean


Annelid Videos


  • Annelids: Powerful and Capable Worms


  • Annelid Animation: Body Plan


  • Annelids: Lumbricus, Earthworm
  • Annelids: Leeches
  • Annelids: Abarenicola, Burrowing Worm
  • Annelids: Diopatra, Tube-Dwelling Worm
  • Annelids: Terrebellid, Spaghetti Worm


  • Damhnait McHugh, Ecologist: Annelid Ecology

General Info

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Role in Ecosystem

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    Bee with arrows around it


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    Thermometer and waves

Human Interaction

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    Alitta Succinea
    Lesson Plan
    Annelid Adaptions + Art
    This lesson begins with students engaging in the practice of science -- observing the phenomena, describing their observations, and making sense of what they see. They observe annelid behaviors using a Shape of Life video with the audio turned off. They try to figure out what the phenomenon (the behavior) is, how it might help the organism survive, and how it might impact the environment. Working with a partner, they make hypotheses about what they are observing and organisms' adaptions that allow it to perform the behavior.

    Full Lesson Plan

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    Pink and white annelids
    Annelids: Not Lowly, Lovely
    Annelids are impressively adapted animals that live in every habitable niche on earth except the sky.

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    Yellow annelid
    Annelids: The Next Segment, an Explosion of Life
    What i like doing the most is actually getting out, getting down, getting dirty in the mud with the worms themselves. Getting out there whether it's pouring rain, whether it's a low tide at dawn, I don't care. I just like to be out there with the worms, seeing them in their own habitat.

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