Taxonomy

Diagnostic description

This species stands out amongst the other Earthworms due to the presence of three pairs of ‘sucker like’ discs on the underside of the clitellum. This species also comes in two colour morphs green and pink.

Genetics

Chlorotica is now thought comprise more than one species. Genetic research carried out by Cardiff University suggests the figure could be as high as four. Certainly research lead by Central Lancaster University has shown that the pink and green morphs are very likely to be separate species.

 Clitellum

A swollen, glandular, saddlelike region in the epidermis of certain annelid worms, such as the earthworm, that secretes a viscous fluid to form a cocoon for their eggs.