We delve into the Natural History Museum’s collections to explore some of the strange but fascinating worms, from leeches to bristle worms.
The term “worm” is often used synonymously with earthworms, but nature is full of many fascinating worms that we are much less familiar with. this includes the predatory or blood-sucking leeches and the fascinating bristle worms found in our seas and oceans. Drawing on the incredible collections of the Natural History Museum London, we explore some fascinating worm specimens and learn how their study has led to some important, or often slightly strange, discoveries.
Emma Sherlock is the Senior Curator of Annelids at the Natural History Museum London, looking after the segment worm collections (including earthworms, leeches and bristle worms) as well as undertaking fieldwork both at home and abroad, and describing new species. Emma was one of the founders of the Earthworm Society of Britain back in 2009 and is currently the Chair of the Society. she also produced the Field Studies Council ‘Key to the Earthworms of the UK and Ireland’.