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Rights: Ross Gray Published 4 August 2018 Size: 200 KB Referencing Hub media

The dung worm is a reddish brown colour with a purple sheen. It is iridescent in bright light and has a red saddle. It is active when disturbed. The dung worm lives in the upper 5 cm of soil but is also found in cow pats or in horse manure. Dung worms are very common in New Zealand.

Scientific name: Lumbricus rubellus
Status: introduced
Soil niche: epigeic
Length: 25–150 mm

Image: Ross Gray