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  • Shovel-headed Garden Worm

    The Shovel-headed Garden Worm, Bipalium kewense, was first discovered in the hothouses of the famous Kew Gardens in England (its scientific name means 'plate-headed worm from Kew'). It was formally described in 1878. Shovel-headed Garden Worms belong to the Phylum Platyhelminthes, a large phylum of worms known as flatworms because of their flattened bodies. Many flatworms are parasitic, but the Shovel-headed Garden Worm is a free-living terrestrial species.

  • Worm-farming: Nature's little fertilisers

    Start a worm farm at home and keep food waste out of the landfill.

  • Gordian Worms

    Gordian worms belong to a small phylum, the Nematomorpha: a name that means 'form of a thread'. Their habit of writhing and contorting themselves into knots, with one or more worms tangled together, accounts for their common name, 'Gordian' Worm. This is after Gordius, King of Phrygia, who tied an intricate knot and declared that whoever untied it should rule Asia. Alexander the Great cut the Gordian knot with his sword.

  • Brooding deep-water sea worms

    A new look at bristle worms living in the deep sea reveals how these creatures brood their young.

  • Velvet worm

    While the body structure of onychophorans is a very simple one, it works well. It has enabled them to live very successfully on land, largely unchanged in structure, for about 500 million years. Although first mistakenly described in 1826 as a type of slug, the evolutionary history of onychophorans has long fascinated scientists. They have been described as a missing link between the arthropods (a group that includes insects and spiders) and the annelids, or segmented worms (which includes earthworms and beach worms). It is now known that onychophorans are much more closely related to arthropods than to annelids.

  • Australian worms hitch a ride to Europe

    A new Australian visitor is not likely to be welcome in the Netherlands

  • Exploring the diversity of Christmas tree worms in Indo-Pacific coral reefs

    Genetics comes to the rescue in solving a mystery surrounding psychedelically coloured marine worms!

  • Diving for Worms

    On Tuesday 18 March 2014, five Australian Museum divers took the plunge at Inscription Point in Botany Bay.

  • Tube Worms Illustration


  • Planarian worm attacking a millipede


  • Discovering Australian bristle worms

    Old and new species discovered during the first ever survey of a mysterious family of bristle worms in Australian waters

  • Giant Beach Worm Illustration


  • Beach Worm


  • Snake Eels and Worm Eels

    There are at least 45 species of snake and worm eels known from Australian waters.  This gallery shows some of them.

  • Huntsman spider and its worm parasite