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Re: [Killietalk] Grindal worm biology?
What passes in the hobby as "Grindal worms" are many different critters!
Over the years I have had three distinctly different worms -- all
labeled "Grindal" -- that differed in behavior in and out of water,
food, & speed of reproduction.
Another "worm" that I cultured for a while was in size between Micro
and Grindal, about 3/16" long. It reproduced exceedingly fast on
oatmeal. I lost it because I did not harvest/subculture often enough &
The "true" Grindal was identified as Enchytraeus buchholzi (Vejdovsky)
by a Dr. Schulz in Kiel (Germany) sometimes in the 1950's. The white
worm is Enchytraeus albidus Henle. In the last 50 years they might have
Hope this helps.
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On Nov 21, 2005, at 1:12 PM, matt kaufman wrote:
> Anyone got a good pointer to grindal worm biology? I've observed some
> interesting feeding behaviors (I think) with a new culture, but they
> only make sense if the grindal worms are a nematode. Are they? Are
> they annelids? Are there (my guess) both nematode 'Grindal Worms' and
> annelid "Grindal Worms" circulating in the hobby? Anyone know what the
> original ones were?
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