Phylum Annelida

  • C. Mary Jenking
  • Ann Boyce
Part of the Foundations of Biology book series


The annelids are segmented worms. The majority are marine animals of shallow water. Some are free-swimming, but others build temporary or permanent tubes or burrows in which they live a sedentary existence. Better known members of the phylum are the earthworms, which also have related species in freshwater. The leeches form a distinct group found as predators or parasites in freshwater or moist soil.


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Suggestions for futher reading

  1. Dales, R. P., Annelids (Hutchinson, 1963), out of print.Google Scholar

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© C. M. Jenking and A. Boyce 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Mary Jenking
    • 1
  • Ann Boyce
    • 2
  1. 1.Maynard SchoolExeterUK
  2. 2.Biology departmentMaynard SchoolExeterUK

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