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Sunday, June 27, 2010


Do you call your earthworms insects? Is that the correct term?

Well insects are actually a more correct term for creatures with an exoskeleton. Things such as mosquitoes, grasshoppers and cockroaches. Since earthworms don't have an exoskeleton, 'insects' is not the correct term.

They are without a backbone so are more similar to slugs and snails, so should they be referred to as mollusks?

That is also not correct!

Earthworms are in fact known as annelids. Not a very well known or used term, but the correct one nevertheless!

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