oligochaete worm


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Related to oligochaete worm: class Oligochaeta
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Noun1.oligochaete worm - hermaphroditic terrestrial and aquatic annelids having bristles borne singly along the length of the bodyoligochaete worm - hermaphroditic terrestrial and aquatic annelids having bristles borne singly along the length of the body
annelid, annelid worm, segmented worm - worms with cylindrical bodies segmented both internally and externally
dew worm, earthworm, fishing worm, fishworm, nightcrawler, nightwalker, red worm, angleworm, crawler, wiggler - terrestrial worm that burrows into and helps aerate soil; often surfaces when the ground is cool or wet; used as bait by anglers
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The eggs were shed by the birds into ponds where they developed into a life stage that was consumed by an oligochaete worm such as the tubifex worms.
Benthic communities are usually dominated by different species of polychaete, oligochaete worms, gastropods, bivalvia and various minor insect larvae.
These little creepy-crawlies represent the ubiquitous aquatic invertebrates--biologists use terms like oligochaete worms, bryozoans, as well as the larvae of caddisflies, mayflies, and chironomids (midges).