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1 Phylum Annelida THE EARTHWORM

2 Muscles used to make the body longer by tightening
Muscles that when contracted shorten the body A swelling that produces a protec6tive slime ring that covers the fertilized eggs as they are laid Large, muscular tubes that alternately contract and relax, keeping the blood flowing, Throat cavity; used by earthworms to suck in soil A round organ used to temporarily store food Bristles used for locomation A muscular organ containing grains of sand used to grind up food One of many openings through which wastes are passed to the outside of the body Tube like structure through which soil and food particles pass Openings where sperm cells are received; the sperm cells will fertilize eggs as they are laid

3 INTRODUCTION Lumbricus terrestris is the scientific name of the common earthworm. An earthworm does not have a separate head or any visible sense organs.

4 INTRODUCTION For purposes of studying earthworms, biologists assign numbers to the body segments. Segment number 1 is found at the anterior end (mouth end). Segments 1-12 1. Prostomium Dorsal blood vessel 2. Mouth Ventral blood vessel 3. Buccal cavity Aortic arches 4. Pharynx Suprapharyngeal ganglion 5. Esophagus Circumphar. connective 6. Nephridia Ventral nerve cord 7. Seminal vesicles

5 INTRODUCTION Segments 3-22 1. Esophagus 6. Dorsal blood vessel
2. Crop Ventral blood vessel 3. Gizzard Ventral nerve cord 4. Intestine Setae 5. Chloragogue cells Seminal vesicles

6 INTRODUCTION A distinct swelling involved in reproduction called the clitellum is found at earthworm segments

7 DIGESTIVE SYSTEM The complicated organs of the digestive system take up most of the anterior half of the earthworm’s body.


9 DIGESTIVE SYSTEM Since it has no jaws or teeth, the earthworm uses its muscular pharynx to suck in soil. The earthworm ingests large amounts of soil, which has organic matter in it. The food particles and soil go through a tubelike esophagus into a round organ called a crop. The crop stores the food temporarily. Other animals with a crop: Birds

10 DIGESTIVE SYSTEM Food leaving the crop is forced in a very muscular organ called the gizzard. What does it do? Contracting and expanding of the gizzard grinds up organic matter into smaller pieces so digestion can occur. Food is digested in the intestine (segment 19 to end) and the digested food is absorbed by the blood circulating through the intestinal wall.

11 CIRCULATORY SYSTEM Earthworms have a circulatory system comparable to higher, more complex animals. They are said to have a closed circulatory system. What is a closed circulatory system? A system in which blood is contained within a network of blood vessels.

12 CIRCULATORY SYSTEM Even though they have the kind of circulatory system found in many higher animals, it is just a simple version of it. For instance, their aortic arches, which are comparable to our heart, do not contain any chambers or valves.

13 CIRCULATORY SYSTEM What is an open circulatory system?
A system in which blood is not always contained within a network of blood vessels What type of organisms do you think have open circulatory systems? Mollusks and arthropods are groups of animals that have an open circulatory system. Blood is pumped thru vessels by aortic vessels but leaves vessels and enters into tissues.

How do earthworms breathe? A thin skin enables worm to absorb oxygen and give off carbon dioxide – diffusion Why must their skin be kept moist? Diffusion or exchange of gases will not occur if worm is not moist How do they keep their skin moist? A mucus is secreted by the epidermis (skin cells)

Wastes are passed to the outside of the body through nephridia. There are two nephridia in each segment except the first three and the last. Each nephridium does the same kind of work that a kidney does in a mammal. Lacks respiratory system. Two kinds of wastes: digestive which exits the anus and cellular, i.e. nitrogen (urine) exit the nephridium

A large collection of nerve cells called the cerebral ganglion functions as the brain of the earthworm. Though the earthworm does not have eyes or ears, it is sensitive to light and vibrations. Other receptors sensitive to touch, chemicals, and changes in temperature are scattered through the epidermis (skin).

17 MUSCULAR SYSTEM To shorten its body, the earthworm contracts its lengthwise or longitudinal muscles. To lengthen its body, the earthworm contracts its circular muscles.

18 REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM Earthworms are hemaphroditic, but they do not self-fertilize. The earthworm stores its sperm in sacs called seminal vesicles, located in segments 9, 10 and 11.

19 REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM Eggs are produced in a pair of small ovaries in segment 13. During sexual reproduction, two earthworms lie next to each other and swap sperm.

20 REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM The sperm from one worm enters the other and is collected and stored in seminal receptacle.

21 REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM Sperm leaving the seminal receptacles is put into a slim ring produced by the clitellum (swelling). The eggs will be fertilized in the slime ring, which will slip off the body and protect the young worms as they develop.

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