Distribution and ecology

Distribution

In the UK chlorotica appears to be very widespread. It can be found in a range of habitats from woodland and arable land to your own front lawn.

We have started to compile distributions maps of the UK species. These are very patchy due to a lack of sampling but it highlights that chlorotica can be found up and down the UK. This species is native to the Palearctic but has also now been introduced to:

  • North and South America
  • Africa
  • New Zealand

Ecology

Chlorotica falls into the endogeic group of Earthworms with horizontal burrows. These are the soil feeders and very rarely come to the surface.

It is thought the different colour morphs of Chlorotica have slightly different habitat niches. The green morph needing very wet conditions, the pink morph preferring slightly drier conditions.