alexa Worms hitch rides on slugs when traveling to far flung places

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Worms hitch rides on slugs when traveling to far flung places

Slugs and other invertebrates provide essential public transport for small worms in the search for food, according to new research. Nematode worms (including Caenorhabditis elegans) are around a millimeter long and commonly found in short-lived environments, such as decomposing fruit or other rotting plant material. The worms face a high level of unpredictability in these environments as temperature and food availability fluctuate, and frequently need to move to new locations. The survey revealed that nematode worms are commonly found in slugs, woodlice and centipedes, having possibly been unintentionally taken up while those animals feed on rotting plant material. The nematode worms, at various stages of their lifecycle, were able to invade and persist for a short time in slug intestines

 
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