Allolobophora chlorotica (Savigny) (Lumbricidae)
- Palaearctic origin
- Color varies from green to yellow, pink, or gray
- 30-70 x 3-5 mm
- Found in a wide range of soil types, mainly on wet, highly organic or polluted sites
- Endogeic, largely geophagous
- Matures at 120-130 days
- Lives 447-587 days
- 25-27 cocoons per worm per year, 1 hatchling per cocoon
- Casting and mating occur beneath the soil
- Facultative diapause
- Sluggish; rolls into spiral when disturbed
- Believed unpalatable to many fish
Green worm (Allolobophora chlorotica) is an endogeic, geophagous earthworm that often inhabits heavy, poorly drained soils.
Photograph by Suzanne Paisley.