Lugworm (Arenicola marina)

Set of scaled top view drawings of the Lugworm

The Lugworm (Arenicola marina) is a large marine worm. While the animal is rarely seen, its coiled castings are a familiar sight on a beach at low tide. They live in U-shaped burrows in the sand, and they feed on organic material like micro-organisms and detritus in the sediment. The sediment is ingested in the burrow, which leaves a depression on the surface of the sand. The Lugworm resembles a typical annelid with a ringed or segmented body, a blackish-red hue on its head end, a middle segment with bristles along the sides, and pairs of feathery gills.

The Lugworm has an overall length between 3.94”-11.81” (10-30 cm), diameter of 3.54”-3.94” (9-10 cm), and weight of .002-.003 lb (1-1.5 g). The typical lifespan of the Lugworm is between 5-6 years.

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Height:
Width:
3.54”-3.94” | 9-10 cm (Diameter)
Depth:
Length:
3.94”-11.81” | 10-30 cm
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Weight:
.002-.003 lb | 1-1.5 g
Area:
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Scientific Name:
Arenicola marina
Lifespan:
5-6 years

Properties

Drawings include:

Lugworm top view (assorted)

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Worms are typically legless, smooth, slender, invertebrates. Worms play important ecological roles as soil conditioners and parasites to crops, animals, and humans. Free-living worms are not found on land, but rather, burrowed underground, in marine, or freshwater environments.

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